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Jose Maria Jorges, 19??-2010
posted October 5, 2010
Jose Maria Jorge, an Argentinian artist best known for a productive relationship with DC Thomson's Commando
magazine over 42 of the magazine's 49-year publication history. Although he could paint a wide variety of subjects and was a fine interiors illustrator, his work on airplane related covers was always very well received and fit in very well with the publication's general World War I and World War II focus.
His first interior work came in 1969 in an issue subtitled "Flying Fury." According to this site
, he did not do cover work until 1990, although he was fairly prolific thereafter. The artist's last published work with the magazine was on a September 2010 book commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain by depicting events that took place in and around Edinburgh. He had enjoyed a slight surge in recognition through a reprints program for the classic Commando
comics which published the work at a larger size that better flattered his meticulous line.
Fellow artist John Ridgway posted in comments thread under the Commando
site's announcement that "Jose's work was an inspiration to me when I first started work on Commando
back in 1976. The accuracy and detail of his drawings was amazing. I always look out for his distinctive work in every batch of Commando books."
A checklist of his work for Commando
can be found here
. An extensive on-line gallery of his paintings, including those for Commando
, can be found here
His studio was in Buenos Aires.