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March 24, 2009

Jose Casanovas Sr., 1934-2009


Prolific Spanish comics illustrator Jose Casanovas died on March 14 near his hometown on Barcelona.

Casanovas began working in Spanish comics following a short stint in his country's armed forces, entering the field in the late 1950s. He worked for Ferma and Buguera on both penciling and inking assignments. He made his name on a series of classic comics adaptations including The Child of the Cavern (Verne) and The Hound Of The Baskervilles (Conan Doyle) that put on full display his lush, highly detailed art style. He worked for several markets at once.

Starting in the late 1970s, he began to make a number of comics for UK publications such as 2000 AD, collaborating with writers such as Alan Moore, Peter Milligan and Mark Millar. Of the better-known UK characters, he may have been most frequently affiliated with Robo-Hunter.

He was buried on Monday the 16th in Barcelona.

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