Arturo Perez del Castillo

 

Original board for yet another Castillo western, Madigan il Vagabondo. Note the cross-hatching technique which was the Castillo trademark.

Arturo del Castillo was born in Concepcion, Chile on 21st March 1925. He started work for a publicity agency, but after a long correspondance with his brother (comic artist Jorge Perez del Castillo) he moved to Buenos Aires in 1948 where he got a job as a letterer on the comic weekly Aventuras. A year later, del Castillo was drawing for two revues, Intervalo and El Tony, with a series of different comic strips.

His most famous creation, however, was Randall: The Killer, a western strip, which he began in 1957 for Hora Cero and which was scripted by Hector Oesterheld.

He quickly became famous for his skillful and detailed penwork, and in particular for his cross-hatching technique. In the late 1950s, del Castillo drew a number of comic strip adaptations of Alexandre Dumas' novels, such as The King's Musketeers, which first appeared in Film Fun and was then reprinted in Lion Comic, and The Man in the Iron Mask that also appeared in Fleetway's Lion Comic. However, his main subject and greatest love, was always that of the western. One of his earliest western characters - Ringo - appeared in the last three editions of Top Spot (January 2nd, 9th and 16th 1960). Whilst Dan Dakota - Lone Gun appeared in Ranger comic. He also contributed at least one story to Cowboy Picture Library - CPL 467: Ghost Town.

In the mid-sixties, he participated in the "Bande Dessinée et figuration narrative" exhibition in Paris. The exhibition was held at the Musée d'Art at the Louvre.

Del Castillo refined his graphic style even further and other important works followed. By the 1960's he was producing westerns: Garret (1962 - scripts by Ray Collins: pseudonym of Argentinian writer Eugenio Zappietro); Dan Dakota, Kendall (sheriff of Dodge City) , Larrigan (reprinted in both Fleetway's Lone Rider Picture Library and Cowboy Picture Library nos. 455, 463, 467), and Los tres mosqueteros en el Oeste. In 1974, again with Ray Collins he created El Cobra, and with Oesterheld Loco Sexton. Arturo del Castillo retired in 1989 and died in Buenos Aires in 1992.


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