Born in the Philippines in 1941, DeZuniga first contributed to comics as a letterer for a weekly serial at age 16. He studied graphic design in America during the 60s before returning to the islands to pursue a career in advertising. He later journeyed back to New York where he made his name at DC and Marvel Comics during the 70s and beyond. He delivered stunningly visceral pencils and inks for titles like The Punisher, X-Men, Conan the Barbarian and even Star Wars.
But perhaps his most celebrated work was a collaboration with writer John Albano on that gnarly gunslinger Jonah Hex. He was there as artist from the very beginning in 1972′s All-Star Western #10 and returned nearly 40 years later for Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s wonderful Jonah Hex: No Way Back OGN.
DeZuniga was also co-creator of the original Black Orchid. Vale, sir.