TF Marvel Comics Artist José Delbo Has Passed Away

Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by ThePrime84, Feb 5, 2024.

  1. fu2kimus

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    He had his detractors, but his art is iconic for me, I’ll always be grateful to him for some really great memories of his run on Marvel. And his storytelling was always clear, you could always tell what was going on in any given panel.

    Rest in peace.
     
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  2. artiepants

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    Very cool, I didn’t know that.
     
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    RIP
     
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    Thank you for all the great memories. RIP.
     
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    What I remember most is that his art was a big improvement over what came before. The lines were clear and clean, the storytelling excellent. And most importantly, the bots looked great and true to their character models... mostly. I never quite understood why Optimus Prime didn't have a face though : )
    Mr. Delbo was especially good at portraying volume, his airplanes and jets were beautifully rendered and showed true dimensional depth.

    He worked with several inkers, which had a huge impact on the look of the finished art. My favorite issues where his two debut issues (#36 and #37), where his pencils were inked by the great Ian Akin and Bryan Garvey. I strongly suspect they also helped out on 10 pages of issue #48, but they were never credited.

    I also loved what Dan Reed did over mr. Delbo's pencils in issue #64 (the "Longtooth" issue).

    When Mr. Delbo's art was inked by Danny Bulanadi it also had a very distinct and atmospheric look that I really liked.

    But by far the most of his issues were inked by Dave Hunt, who probably kept his lineart the most... clean. At first I really liked the art they did together (#38, #39, and also #50, although the lineart was poorly reproduced in the later pages of that issue), but near the end of their run (around #58) I wasn't really a fan anymore. There was hardly any embellishing going on at that point. And that's the part I enjoyed the most about the original G1 comic art.

    Thankfully, mr. Delbo's final issue, #67, was a really good one (inked by Bulanadi). The two-page spread of New York destroyed by the Decepticons with the corpse of Rodimus Prime tied up between the twin towers of the World trade center was absolutely iconic.

    Oh, and it was truly great to see his art again in Regeneration One #0 (published by IDW) where he was inked by another Transformers comics veteran, Stephen Baskerville, with whom he also worked in the 1990's on Captain Planet.

    Thanks for all the great memories mr. Delbo. Your art will be etched in my mind forever.
     
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    RIP Mr. Delbo, I enjoyed his art in the Marvel Comics. His meaningful contributions to The Transformers shall live on!
     
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    RIP. He was one of my fav as a kid
     
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    Anyone know what issues he was responsible for?
     
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    RIP
     
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    36–42, 45–54, 56–60, 63–64, 67
     
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    Rest in peace, Mr. Delbo. Your art was a ginormous part of some many of our childhoods.
     
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    One of the greats. I met Mr. Delbo briefly at a con a few years back and picked up these signed cover prints that I absolutely adore having on the wall:
     

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    "He lived a warrior... and died a hero. Let his spark join the Matrix, the greatest of Cybertron." (c) BW Optimus Primal. Episode - Code of Hero.

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    R.I.P & Till all are one!

    And also press "F" to pay respect.
     
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    My first comics. RIP legend
     
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    Rest in peace, Mr. Delbo. You live on in our memories and through your contributions to the lore our fandom holds dear. Until all are one.
     
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    there should be an Underbase Starscream figure with one ear, in his honor.
     
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    My he R.I.P.
     
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    Damn so much of my childhood is disappearing as of late. R.I.P.
     
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