Ernie was set to appear at the BigWow Comicfest in San Jose this weekend, so his death comes as a real surprise to those of us who expected to see him there. I’ll say a few words, but I wanted to post a tribute in the form of my favorite Chan images. Click on the image at left for a big version.
Some of these he painted, some he penciled and inked, and some he only inked — but Ernie’s inks were some of the most powerful in the world of comics. You can check out the tribute right here.
When I was a kid I couldn’t get enough of Conan the Barbarian and its black-and-white companion magazine The Savage Sword of Conan. But I was incredibly picky about the art in my comics — if the art didn’t blow me away, I wouldn’t buy the comic.
Plus, I had the seriously limited budget of a child, so I had to be impressed by the art or I left the book sitting on the rack. Whenever I found a Conan book that was drawn (or inked) by Ernie Chan, my money hit the counter immediately.
Rest in peace, Ernie. You will be missed…19402012, Chan, Ernie, Legend, Passes