Do you know what Jonah Hex, Black Orchid, and Batman of DC have in common with Conan the Barbarian, Freddy Krueger, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and the X-Men of Marvel, among others? They were all characters that legendary Pinoy comic book artist and illustrator Tony de Zuñiga (also alternatively spelled as Tony DeZuniga) helped to create.
As impressive as these accomplishments were, however, de Zuñiga actually has an even bigger legacy than helping create these iconic characters! As a matter of fact, he was the first Filipino comic book artist whose work was accepted by American publishers, helping pave the way for many other talented Filipino artists to be recognized and ultimately break into the international comic book industry.
Unfortunately, GMA News Online has reported that de Zuñiga died on May 11th at the age of 79, as per his wife Tina.
De Zuñiga died at 1:25 a.m. after suffering from stroke, heart failure, and brain damage, his wife Tina told GMA News Online.
She said the doctors attempted to resuscitate de Zuñiga but could not because his heart and brain have already malfunctioned.
She added that the family wishes to have the interment at The Heritage Park in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, but no date has been set yet.
Tony De Zuñiga posing with a sketch of his most popular creation, Jonah Hex. Levi Marcelo
De Zuñiga was with his wife, his sisters-in-law Ching and Florie, and his daughter Sheryl when he passed away.