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November 15, 2010

Ernest Guanlo, 19XX-2010


Details are sketchy, but Gerry Alanguilan has posted word from a Filipino comics blog that artist Ernie Guanlo passed away on November 10. Guanlo worked in both the Filipino and North American comics industries before moving into a career in North American animation in the mid-1980s. In the Philippines, Guanlo provided art for the Joelad Santos-written stories Kapag Nagalaw ang Pugad ng Isang Ibon and Gumamela.

Guanlo's stay in North American comics seem focused on the DC horror line, with credits on Ghosts, Secrets Of Haunted House, The Witching Hour and The Unexpected. He also worked on a Beatles-related comic for an outfit called Pendulum Press in the late 1970s. He then enjoyed a stint in the late 1980s working on at least a couple of titles from minor mainstream-oriented comics hourse: The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen for Tony Caputo's NOW, and Code Name Ninja for Gary Brodsky's Solson. By that time, Guanlo was working in animation, where he built up a lengthy CV working on classic 1980s cartoon franchises such as G.I. Joe and Transformers. His most recent work in that field came about five years ago on American Dragon: Jake Long.
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