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November 25, 2009

Sonny Trinidad, 19??-2009


Through Gerry Alanguilan's invaluable Komikero Dot Com site comes word that veteran illustrator Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad died on Monday. He was born in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, a suburban residential community of Manila.

imageTrinidad, who also worked as Celso Trinidad, was for a a time an assistant to Francisco V. Coching. It was with Coching he was initially exposed to comics work an where he developed an early style reminiscent of Coching's. According to a profile by Arman T. Francisco, Trinidad's work began appearing in the late 1960s.

Trinidad was one of many Filipino artists to find work in the 1970s with American mainstream companies, particularly with their fantasy, kung-fu and horror-related titles. He worked briefly on a variety of properties, including Conan, Dracula, Morbius, White Tiger, Killraven, Skull the Slayer and Bloodstone. Among those whose work he either finished or inked were John Buscema, P. Craig Russell and Ed Hannigan.

The artist was also a significant presence in Filipino comics and illustration. Alanguilan notes he won Best Serial Illustrator and Best Novel Illustration Fantasy Category honors at the KOMOPEB Parangal sa Komiks. With Mike Tan he created the superhero El Gato. During this period Trinidad developed a more wide-ranging set of styles that included a more cartoon-oriented approach. He would remain active in Filipino comics and in book illustration at least through the 1990s.

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