June 24, 1928
Teresa, Rizal, Philippines
|Died||April 27, 2013(aged 84)|
|Dagar the Invincible|
Tragg and the Sky Gods
Jesse Santos was born in Teresa, Rizal, Philippines and began drawing professionally at the age of 14. One of his artistic influences was Francisco Coching. Other influences include Hal Foster, Burne Hogarth, Jack Kirby, Alex Raymond, and Tony Velasquez. Santos began his career in the Komiks industry by drawing the "Kidlat" feature in Halakhak Komiks in 1946. He moved to the United States in 1969 and began working for Western Publishing's line of Gold Key Comics after a chance meeting with editors Chase Craig and Del Connell. His earliest work in the U.S. is inking Jack Sparling's penciled artwork in The Microbots #1 (Dec. 1971). He became the artist on the Brothers of the Spear series in 1972 and worked with writer Gaylord DuBois on the first 12 issues. That same year, Santos and writer Donald F. Glut co-created Dagar the Invincible and Tragg and the Sky Gods. They also collaborated on The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor. Santos received an offer from Marvel Comics to work on their Conan the Barbarian series but turned it down. In the 1980s, Santos left the comics industry and became involved in animation design. He worked on such series as Bionic Six, Blackstar, Dino-Riders, Jem, and Tiny Toon Adventures. After retiring in 1998, Santos often performed as a lounge singer and self-produced an album of standard love ballads.
- Archie's Super Hero Comics Digest Magazine #2 (1979)
- Mad House #96 (1974)
Gold Key Comics
- Brothers of the Spear #1–12 (1972–1975)
- Gold Key Spotlight #6, 8 (1977)
- The Microbots #1 (1971)
- Mystery Comics Digest #1–4, 7, 9–10, 12–15 (1972–1974)
- The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor #1–24 (1973–1977)
- Tales of Sword and Sorcery Featuring Dagar the Invincible #1–17 (1972–1976)
- Tragg and the Sky Gods #1–8 (1975–1977)
- "Jesse Santos". Lambiek Comiclopedia. May 9, 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
- Alanguilan, Gerry (n.d.). "Jesse Santos". The Philippine Comics Art Museum. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016.
- Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Santos, Jesse". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999. Archived from the original on December 29, 2016.
- Evanier, Mark (May 9, 2013). "Jesse Santos, R.I.P." News From ME. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016.
- Jesse Santos at the Grand Comics Database
- Glut, Donald F. (2001). Jurassic Classics: A Collection of Saurian Essays and Mesozoic Musings. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 121. ISBN 978-0786409617.
- Markstein, Don (2009). "Dagar the Invincible". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on October 26, 2015.
Dagar started as a non-series character, the hero of a story that writer Don Glut...wrote for Gold Key's Mystery Comics Digest...Tales Of Sword & Sorcery Starring Dagar the Invincible #1, dated October 1972. The artist was Jesse Santos, who worked with Glut on both Tragg and Spektor.
- Markstein, Don (2007). "Tragg and the Sky Gods". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on October 26, 2015.
Writer Don Glut...and artist Jesse Santos...supplied the comic, in which aliens from interstellar space had a profound effect on a tribe of Stone Age people.
- Markstein, Don (2007). "Doctor Spektor". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on October 26, 2015.
The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor...began with an April 1973 cover date. There, Glut's illustrative collaborator was Jesse Santos...who remained with the character and is now remembered as "the" artist on Doctor Spektor.
- Cooke, Jon B. (October 2002). "The Romantic Stylings of Mr. Jesse Santos". Comic Book Artist. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (22): 96.
- Cooke p. 91
- Cooke pp. 96–97
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