Alfredo Alcala 1982

That’s me in the orange velvet shirt circa 1982 at the Land of Oohs and Aahs Comics in Fountain Valley, CA. I got to know the late Alfredo Alcala back then. He was a character, but a nice guy. For those of you who don’t know he was a great comics artist and inker from the Phillipines. He had his own company once, and a comics artist school. He also inked a lot of American comics including Conan over John Buscema Sr.

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  1. Hud,

    Did you hear the Moebius/Jean Girard(sic) died over the weekend?  He was 73.  He’d been sick for years and I hadn’t really heard much about him.

    The only work of his that I’ve read was the Silver Surfer (Silver Surfer: Parable) graphic novel he did with Stan Lee back in the late 1980s I think.  I was aware of his American Western cowboy work (the Europeans are crazier about the Old West than most Americans are) but unaware of his design work on Aliens (?) and The Fifth Element (which I think to this day is just an extended version of the Harry Canyon segment from the first animated “Heavy Metal” motion picture).

    Velvet shirts (???) —

    we shall speak no more of this!

    The Seventies and Eighties — such a great time for fashion! 

    • Well, it was actually velour or whatever. It was comfortable but I would never wear an orange shirt these days. It was pretty normal except for the color and fabric.

      Anyway, I just found out. He was a great artist too. He did me a drawing once back in the early 80s around the time of this picture. I talked to him a few times. He was a regular at San Diego con in the 80s and part of the 90s. 

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