The underappreciated artist was born 97 years ago…
The late Alfredo Alcala — born 97 years ago on Aug. 23, 1925 — was among the big-time Filipino comics artists who made the U.S. scene in the 1970s. He was never a superstar on these shores but he was a hell of an artist whether he was a penciller or inker.
As with so much in my comics life, I first became aware of Alcala’s work through Batman: He was an especially superb inker over Don Newton’s pencils.
I’m 99 percent certain they only did interiors together, so here is a 13 SPLASH PAGES birthday tribute, featuring their outstanding 1980s collaboration on the main Batman title. (They also did some work together on Detective Comics, but that’s for another time.)
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