|Born||Virgilio Redondo y Purugganan
March 28, 1926
San Esteban, Ilocos Sur, Philippine Islands
|Died||April 3, 1997
Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines
|Area(s)||Writer, Penciller, Inker|
Virgilio "Virgil" Redondo y Purugganan (March 28, 1926 – April 13, 1997) was a Filipino comic book writer and artist.
Redondo was born in the town of San Esteban, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, the eldest of eight children.
On December 15, 1948, he published his komik serial Mahiwagang Bundok. His first cartoon comic strip was "Isyo", a humorous strip from Pilipino Komiks. In the 1950s Virgil started to work at Ace Publication Incorporated aided by Tony Velasquez. His writing became successful with Diwani in 1951 and Reyna Bandida in 1952. The latter was adapted into a movie by Sampaguita Pictures, starring Alicia Vergel. Then followed Tin-edyer in 1953, Talusaling in 1955 and Aling Kutsero in 1956, in which Nida Blanca appeared, released by LVN Pictures. He also created Alyas Palos, Bakas ng Gagamba, Panginoon, Ang Mga Lawin, Vod-a-vil, Teen-age Crush, Anak ng Kidlat and Rolling Rockers.
In April 1963 Virgilio Redondo and a group of writers and illustrator founded CRAF Publications, initially named after Amado Castrillo, Tony Caravana, Virgil Redondo, Nestor Redondo, Alfredo Alcala and Jim Fernandez. Their first comic was Redondo Komiks, released in May 7, 1963. CRAF introduced many titles, such as Alcala's Fight Komiks, Amado's Lovers Komiks, Craf Klasix, and Magic Comics. The firm shut down in 1968.
Collaboration with other writers
Redondo teamed up with Gilda Olvidado to illustrate the short stories "May Sopresa Ang Pag-ibig," "Ang Paborito", and "Narito ang Anak, Narito ang Ina." He demonstrated his artwork in Rico Bello Omagap's novel Bathaluman Sino Ka? and Putik sa Mukha ng Birhen.
Virgil also worked at Marvel Comics. As both penciller and inker, he contributed to Planet of the Apes, Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, Solomon Kane, Savage Sword of Conan #20, Tomb of Dracula, Tales of the Zombie, and Vampire Tales.
Redondo died on April 13, 1997, and rests at Eternal Garden at East Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City.
- Virgilio Redondo Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #5, Page 50, at ComicArtFans.com
- Virgil Redondo at komiklopedia.wordpress.com
- "The 60s Pinoy Komiks Serial Made into Movies #3," at Video 48
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