Carlos Cruz

Carlos Cruz' vision of the Treen invasion of London. Detail from original board.

The third of seven brothers, Carlos Cruz was of an Andalusian family who moved to Malaga after the Spanish Civil War. At age 17, he was already a professional artist for the local press. He emigrated to Buenos Aires in 1949, where he began working in a flour factory. He also took on a job at the publishing house Abril, where he worked as a designer. During the 1950s he also became a cover illustrator of Idilio, Nocturno and Más Allá. Soon, he became an occasional sketcher of other artist's comics, like Hugo Pratt's Sargento Kirk. He finally got his turn on comics of his own with Colt Miller, Indio Suarez and Santos Palma (written by the legendary Hector German Oesterheld).

Cruz returned to Malaga in the early 1960s. He began a collaboration with the British Fleetway agency, for which he did work on Buster (Mickey Marvel's Multigun, Crabbe's Crusaders, Roamin Jones-Space Pilot, Mighty McGinty, George & Dragon, and The Shrinker (after Mike Western left the strip), Lion (Dr Mezmer's Revenge, The Can Do Kids), Tiger, Smash! (Moonie's Magic Mate and The Pillater Peril), Eagle (Bloodfang), Champion, and Melanie. He also provided the artwork for some of the Steel Claw adventures that appeared in the Fleetway Super Library series. His stable production for Fleetway over twenty years, earned him a certain recognition in the UK, mainly after drawing Dan Dare for a while.

His international work includes: Juanjo for Trinca magazine (published by Bruguera, Spain), Kelly for the Dutch publisher Oberon that appeared in Tina. He joined a team of artists to alternate on El Hombre Enmascarado, that was popular in Sweden. He also contributed to the German magazine PIP published by Rolf Kauka. Today he works on the Phantom magazine published by Egmont.


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