Ernie Colón

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Ernie Colón
Born (1931-07-13) July 13, 1931 (age 85)
Puerto Rico
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Artist, Inker, Editor, Letterer
Notable works
Arak, Son of Thunder
Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld
Casper the Friendly Ghost
Richie Rich
The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

Ernie Colón (born July 13,[1] 1931,[2] in Puerto Rico and raised in the US)[2] is an American comics artist known for his wide-ranging career, including working in the fields of children's comics, horror, and nonfiction.


Ernie Colón began his professional career at Harvey Comics as a letterer. He later worked, uncredited, as an artist on titles including Richie Rich and Casper the Friendly Ghost.[2] At Harvey, he met Sid Jacobson, who became his editor and frequent creative partner.

His first confirmed, credited work was penciling and inking the two-page story "Kaleidoscope of Fear" in Wham-O Giant Comics #1 (cover-dated April 1967, published by the toy company Wham-O).[3] He went on to draw three issues of Gold Key Comics' Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom (#24-26, July 1968 - Jan. 1969), and to do much work for Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror-comics magazines Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella.[3]

Colón was an editor for DC Comics from 1982 to 1985.[4] He oversaw titles such as Arion, Lord of Atlantis, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman.

Colón's many artistic credits include Grim Ghost for Atlas/Seaboard; the historical fantasy Arak, Son of Thunder (with writer Roy Thomas);[5] Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (with writers Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn) for DC Comics;[6] Airboy for Eclipse Comics; Magnus: Robot Fighter for Valiant Comics; and Damage Control and Doom 2099 for Marvel Comics. Also for Marvel, Colón wrote, drew, colored and lettered the 1988 science-fiction graphic novel Ax.[7]

In the late 1980s, Colón penciled the short-lived Bullwinkle and Rocky series for Marvel's children's imprint Star Comics (edited by Sid Jacoboson). Colón returned to Harvey (along with Jacobson) in the early 1990s, and worked on such projects as Monster in My Pocket and Ultraman. From 2005[2] until the tabloid's demise in 2007, he drew the weekly comic strip "SpyCat" in the Weekly World News.[8]

Colón and Jacobson created a graphic novel version of the 9/11 Commission Report titled The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (cover-dated Aug. 2006).[9] They released a 160-page follow-up, After 9/11: America's War on Terror (Aug. 2008). The duo's A Graphic Biography: Che was released in 2009. The following year, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published their next collaboration, Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography, published by Hill & Wang.[10][11]

He illustrated The Great American Documents: Volume 1 by Ruth Ashby, published by Hill and Wang in May 2014.[12]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ernie Colón". Lambiek Comiclopedia. July 9, 2010. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Ernie Colón at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Ernie Colón (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Catron, Michael (June 1981). "Thomas's Indian/Viking to Roam Medieval Europe". Amazing Heroes (Fantagraphics Books) (1): 29–30. Arak, Son of Thunder, described as an 'Indian/Viking,' makes his debut in a preview insert in Warlord #48, on sale in May. 
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The other-dimensional Gemworld found a new princess in the form of Amy Winston, an ordinary young girl from a distant reality, in the pages of a sixteen-page insert comic by writers Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn, and artist Ernie Colón." "Standing strong against the forces of the nefarious Dark Opal, Amethyst was gearing up for her own self-titled maxiseries in May. 
  7. ^ Marvel Graphic Novel: Ax (Marvel, 1988) at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (July 23, 2007). "RIP: Weekly World News". Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Jacobson, Sid; Colón, Ernie (September 7, 2006). "The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón". Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ Armstrong, Paul (July 9, 2010). "Graphic account of Anne Frank story set for debut". CNN. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (June 21, 2013). "Fall 2013 Announcements: Comics - More Than Words". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Arak artist
Succeeded by
Alfredo Alcala
Preceded by
Len Wein
The Flash editor
Succeeded by
Cary Bates
Preceded by
Marv Wolfman
Green Lantern editor
Succeeded by
Len Wein
Preceded by
Marv Wolfman
Wonder Woman editor
Succeeded by
Alan Gold