Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Victor de la Fuente (1927-2010)
He began drawing for War Picture Library and Battle Picture Library in 1962 and became a favourite of editor Ted Bensberg. He was also one of the main artists for 'Trelawny of the Guards', an unusually thoughtful for the period (1966) Second World War series featuring Sergeant Trelawny who, unlike his more gung-ho contemporaries, realises that he is making life-or-death decisions about the troops under his command. For D. C. Thomson he drew almost 50 issues of Commando between 1964 and 1972, many of which have been reprinted more than once over the years.
An exhibition of his work was held in 2002 at the Salón Internacional del Cómic de Oviedo, where De la Fuente created a large drawing of a cowboy on horseback in just four minutes. His fellow comic strip creator Carlos Giménez said: "The day that comics are recognised as art, originals by Victor de la Fuente will be found in museums next to the greatest painters."
Obituary: The Guardian (4 August).