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López Espí - Fantom #11 cover (1973) / Professor Zamorra #98 cover (1978) by Rafael López Espi - Original Cover
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López Espí - Fantom #11 cover (1973) / Professor Zamorra #98 cover (1978)

Original Cover
Acrylic
Acrylique sur carton
51.2 x 36.5 cm (20.16 x 14.37 in.)
Complete image of the artwork.
Fantom #11 printed cover (Vértice, 1973)
Professor Zamorra #98 printed cover (Bastei, 1978)
Tombstone Terror  #1 printed cover (Gredown Pty. Limited, 1982)
Screaming Terror #1 printed cover (Gredown Pty. Limited, 1983)

Description

Original painting used as cover for «Fantom» #11 («¿Qui-Quién anda… ahí?», Ediciones Vértice, Barcelona, 1973). Done for Norma Agency and sold to Bastei (Germany), it was used later several times: in «Professor Zamorra» #98 («Im Labyrinth der Grünen Henker», story by Robert Lamont, Bastei, Germany, 1978), in «Tombstone Terror» #1 («A Name In Every Tomstone», Gredown Pty. Limited, Australia, 1982), in «Screaming Terror» #1 («Death Train», Gredown Pty. Limited, Australia, 1983)…

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Artwork not framed, done over brown cardboard. Overall size is 14.37 x 20.16 inches (36.5 x 51,2 cm). Painted area: 11.97 x 12.36 inches (30,4 x 31,4 cm). The black border is part of the painting.
There’s some surface marks on the margins but painting is in excellent condition.

About Rafael López Espi

Rafael López Espi began his career in 1953, drawing war stories for the publishing house Simbolo. His work also appeared in the press, varying from comics ('La Atlántida', 'Los Tambores del Bruc' in Solidaridad Nacional) to illustrations (in La Prensa). Soon afterwards, he went to work for Josep Toutain's agency, where he started out doing comics for the color supplement of La Prensa. Later on, he drew romance comics for the British magazine Glamour, followed by western strips. During the 1960s, his foreign work increased, when he started drawing for Bardon Art and Luis Ferraz, with whom he made the series 'Don Starr'. López Espi illustrated western titles like 'Rex Raven', 'Billy McGregor' and 'Riffle', as well as several war and romance stories for the British Fleetway (Roxy, Marilyn, Valentine). López Espi left Toutain's Selecciones Illustradas in the mid-1960s. He focused on illustration work, but continued to do comics for the Spanish publisher Toray, such as the western stories in the collection Historias del Oeste. In 1969, he joined the publishing house Vértice, where he did cover illustrations (among others for '3-09 Agente Secreto'), as well as the comic series 'Mytek'. He left the comics scene for several years, until in 1992, he began a collaboration with the Swedish agency Dalger Press. Text (c) Lambiek

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