Gerry Talaoc

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Gerry Talaoc
BornThe Philippines
Area(s)Penciller, Artist, Inker
Notable works
House of Mystery
The Incredible Hulk
Star Spangled War Stories
The Unexpected
Weird War Tales

Gerry Talaoc is a Filipino comics artist best known for his 1970s work for DC Comics' war and horror anthology titles.


Gerry Talaoc was among the vanguard of Filipino comics artists — including Alfredo Alcala, Nestor Redondo, Steve Gan, Ernie Chan and Alex Niño — recruited in 1971 for American comic books by DC editor Joe Orlando and publisher Carmine Infantino, following the success of the pioneering Tony DeZuniga.[1] Initially working through countryman DeZuniga's studio,[2] Talaoc's first published work in the United States was the story "Phony Face" in House of Mystery #205 (Aug. 1972).[3] He drew multiple issues of Ghosts, House of Mystery, Star Spangled War Stories, The Unexpected, and Weird War Tales, among other titles.[3] Talaoc's art was celebrated for its distinctive mix of the real and the cartoony, a style pioneered by such Golden Age cartoonists as Milton Caniff and Chester Gould.[4]

In the mid–1970s, Talaoc also worked on comics adaptations of literary classics published by Pendulum Press.[2]

In 1984, Talaoc moved to Marvel Comics, where he worked primarily as an inker. His first work there was on The Incredible Hulk #291 (Jan. 1984) paired with Sal Buscema.[3] Other Marvel work included Alpha Flight and the Comet Man limited series[5] inking over Kelley Jones' pencils. Talaoc retired from the American comics business in the early 1990s. During his career, Talaoc worked exclusively in the Philippines, although he now lives in the United States.[4]


DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Duncan, Randy; Smith, Matthew J. (2009). "Filipino Artists". The Power of Comics: History, Form & Culture. Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0826429360. Archived from the original on September 23, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Gerry Talaoc". Lambiek Comiclopedia. February 1, 2015. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Gerry Talaoc at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ a b Aushenker, Michael (December 21, 2009). "Spotlight on Artist Gerry Talaoc". Michael Aushenker's Cartoon Flophouse. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Talaoc, Gerry". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on January 2, 2017.

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Preceded by
Jim Aparo
Phantom Stranger vol. 2 artist
Succeeded by
Fred Carrillo
Preceded by
Jack Sparling
Star Spangled War Stories artist
Succeeded by
Dick Ayers
Preceded by
Carlos Garzon
The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 inker
Succeeded by
Bob Wiacek
Preceded by
Keith Williams
Alpha Flight inker
Succeeded by
Whilce Portacio