Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Francisco V. Coching's Bulalakaw(1946)

Here is a cool vintage original art page from Halakhak Komiks (1946): Francisco V. Coching's Bulalakaw, presumably the first male comic character he created. I think Bulalakaw is earlier than Hagibis by a few months.
I just loved the way Coching had drawn Bulalakaw! I could see a great improvement of his style here than his pre-war Marabini, although the latter is also very well illustrated.
Here, his light and shade technique, as well as his lush evocative brushwork, is just awesome. I could just equate Coching with the world's best. Pound for pound, Coching can match the best works of the great illustrators Alex Raymond, Hal Foster and Burne Hogarth. Could be, indeed...Coching makes me really proud to be a Filipino.
Oh, I'm sorry my scanner is too small for the whole original page to fit, so you get to see only the first two panels :)


Gerry Alanguilan said...

Kitang kita pa nga mga influences nya... very thin, soft and graceful yung lines... parang Hal Foster at Alex Raymond nga. Pero maganda... and it's got a look na Coching lang.

Bibili ako ng A3 scanner... meron daw sa Greenills. 15K lang... which is mura na kasi yung A3 scanner na nakadisplay dun sa Komikon ay mahigit 100K. Si Lan Medin at si Leinil nakabili na at OK naman daw.

Perfect yung ganung scanner for large original art. Kasyang kasya! :)

Dennis said...

Wow, 15k na lang???sana di ako maubusan! Remember my Lipang Kalabaw and Telembang? I could not post any art from there because their pages are A3 size. Thanks for the info Gerry! Rushing to Greenhills, dyan-dya ra- ran!