Remember the 60’s when the Beatles saved Pepperland from the Blue Meanies in the Yellow Submarine? Well, Jose Delbo, the cartoonist responsible for illustrating the Fab Four with Gold Key Comics does.
The Argentinian born artist published his first works at the age of only 16. Delbo, inspired by the American cowboy westerns, moved to the States and began work on classics like Billy the Kid, Judge Colt, and The Lone Ranger. Then in the ’70s he brought a host of television shows to comic book form with titles such as the The Twilight Zone, The Brady Bunch, Hogan’s Heroes, Buck Rogers, The Monkees, and The Mod Squad.
Back in the ’80s, long before the modern superhero dominated the big screen, it was Delbo working for the likes of DC and Marvel Comics who penciled the published adventures of Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, the Transformers and the Thundercats.
Then in the ’90s, when the focus fell on the environment, he helped the country go green when he drew the first issues of Captain Planet and the Planeteers and Brute Force. Delbo continued to be the go-to-guy for cartoon classics like Disney’s 101 Dalmations, The Little Mermaid, and the The Mighty Ducks. When the NFL needed a superhero, Delbo drew the NFL Superpro who ran around with Spider-man fighting crime in the big city.
The eclectic career of Jose Delbo also includes published illustrated comic books featuring some of our culture’s most iconic women such as Raggedy Ann, Little Lulu, Barbie, and Wonder Woman. Delbo has illustrated cartoons for the past 50 years for comic book fans across the world and in several languages. Delbo’s original comic book pages have been displayed in museums and private collections, and can often be seen trading on internet sites.
As a former vice-president of the National Cartoonist Society and industry celebrity, Delbo has been featured on various news and entertainment television programs and founded a Cartoon Camp for young cartoonists originally housed at the International Museum of Cartoon Art. In 2013 he was awarded by San Diego Comic-Con the prestigious Inkpot award for his contributions to the world of comics.
His most recent works take his art to new heights, six foot tall painted murals. They are detailed, original hand-paintings. Larger than life, these acrylic on canvas works of art recreate comic book original pages done years ago by Jose Delbo. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Florida (Art Fusion/Palm Beach County Cultural Society) as well as currently are exhibiting in Milan, Italy at the Wannabee Gallery.