|Born||Nestor Purrugan Redondo
May 4, 1928
Candon, Ilocos Sur, The Philippines
|Died||December 30, 1995
Granada Hills, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.
|Area(s)||Penciller, Inker, Publisher, Animation Designer, Painter|
|Conan, Limited Collectors' Edition #C-36 (The Bible), Rima the Jungle Girl, Swamp Thing, Tarzan|
|Awards||Inkpot Award, 1979|
Early life and career
He studied Architecture at the Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila until fourth year, and did not finish having been lured into drawing in comics and working in advertising.
Redondo began his career drawing Filipino komiks serials, which were written by his brother Virgilio, including Mars Ravelo's Darna series. In 1969 and 1970 Redondo did a four-page serial Mga Kasaysayang Buhat sa Bibliya (Tales from the Bible) in each issue of Superyor Komiks Magasin, which was produced by his own company, Nestor Redondo Publications. This company launched a program of on-the-job training for young writers and artists.
In the 1970s, Redondo began to do work for publishers in the United States. His earliest U.S. credit is penciling and inking the seven-page story "The King Is Dead", by writer Jack Oleck, in DC Comics' House of Mystery #194 (Sept. 1971). Through the 1970s, Redondo drew dozens of such supernatural anthology stories for DC titles including House of Secrets, The Phantom Stranger, Secrets of Sinister House, The Unexpected, Weird War Tales, and The Witching Hour. He went on to draw all seven issues of Rima the Jungle Girl (May 1974 - May 1975), based on the heroine of a Victorian novel, as well as Swamp Thing #11-23 (Aug. 1974 - July 1976), issues of Tarzan and Lois Lane, and DC's tabloid-sized one-shot collection of Bible stories, cover-titled The Bible but officially titled Limited Collectors' Edition #C-36 (July 1975).
In 1970, Redondo was approached by Vincent Fago of Pendulum Press to illustrate stories in their new line of comic book adaptations of literary classics. Redondo offered to help Fago recruit some of his fellow Filipino comics artists, which he did; these artists ended up illustrating almost every comic Pendulum produced. From 1973–1979, Redondo illustrated many stories in the Pendulum Illustrated Classics line, including Dracula and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adaptations reprinted by Marvel Comics three years later as Marvel Classics Comics. Other adaptations illustrated by Redondo for Pendulum included The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, some Edgar Allan Poe stories, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, The Odyssey, and Romeo and Juliet. In addition, Redondo illustrated a Pendulum comic book history of the American Civil War, and biographies of Madame Curie, Albert Einstein, and Abraham Lincoln.
In the mid-1980s, Redondo inked the Eclipse Comics time-travel series Aztec Ace, by writer Doug Moench and pencilers Michael Hernandez and Dan Day. In 1990, he contributed to two issues of the Marvel Comics superhero series Solarman as well as to an issue of Innovation Comics' Newstralia.
More regularly, however, Redondo contributed to various Christian comics. In addition to the DC Comics' 1975 one-shot collection of Bible stories, Redondo illustrated Marx, Lenin, Mao and Christ, published in 1977 by Open Doors (and reprinted in 2010 by Calvary Comics); Pendulum's Ben-Hur, published in 1978; Aida-Zee, Behold 3-D, and Christian Comics & Games #0 and #1, produced in the 1990s by the Nate Butler Studio; and Born Again Comics #2, featuring a story about Filipino actor-turned-evangelist Fred Galang. Redondo was also a panelist for the first Christian comics panel discussion of Comic-Con International, in 1992.
In preparation for the 1st International Christian Comics Training Conference in Tagaytay, the Philippines, in January 1996, Redondo wrote On Realistic Illustration for his main teaching session, but died before he was able to deliver it personally.
- Comics Buyer's Guide #1485; May 3, 2002; Page 29
- Nestor Redondo at the Lambiek Comiclopedia
- Alanguilan, Doroteo L., ed. "Nestor Redondo". The Philippine Comics Art Museum. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- Nestor Redondo at the Grand Comics Database
- Zeno, Eddy (December 2012). "DC Comics' The Bible". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (61): 17–23.
- Fago, Vincent, "Nestor Redondo and the Pendulum Classics," in Arthur Conan Doyle: Rosebud Graphic Classics (Eureka Productions, 2002), pp. 4-6.
- Nestor Redondo - Christian Comics Pioneer
- Inkpot Awards, www.comic-con.org