MANILA, Philippines -- Renowned Filipino comic book artist Tony DeZuniga, best known for co-creating DC Comics characters Jonah Hex and Black Orchid, passed away due to a stroke. He was 71.
|Tony DeZuniga. Photo courtesy of BleedingCool.com
News of his death was first reported on Philippine comics culture site FlipGeeks.
DeZuniga studied commercial art at the University of Santo Tomas before going to the United States to study graphic design in New York City.
He worked with DC Comics and co-created the long-running Western character Jonah Hex, with writer John Albano.
He also co-created the first Black Orchid with Sheldon Mayer.
DeZuniga was an artist for popular comic-book series such as "X-Men" and "Spiderman", paving the way for the recognition of Filipino comic book artists in the international scene in the 1970s.
He suffered a stroke earlier this year, prompting comic book enthusiasts and other supporters to raise funds to help in his treatment. The effort was spearheaded by comic book artist Neal Adams, who has created the modern imagery of iconic comic book characters such as Superman and Batman.
Local comic enthusiast communities continue to call for contributions in aiding the family of DeZuniga, in hopes of helping with monetary costs incurred from the comic legend's hospitalization.