Wednesday, December 7

Superhero cartoonist Carlos Pacheco dies from ALS

Superhero comic artist Carlos Pacheco died this Wednesday from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which he had been diagnosed with last September, in what the author himself called “an unexpected script twist” when making public disease. In that message, the cartoonist claimed to have led “a life that has gone beyond the wildest dreams of that kid” who one day was.

The world of comics turns to Carlos Pacheco after announcing that he suffers from ALS

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Carlos Pacheco (San Roque, Cádiz, 1962) began his career in the eighties, collaborating on illustrations and covers with Planeta de Agostini, the publisher that published Marvel comics. In 1993, Pacheco began to publish his first commissions with the British subsidiary of the House of Ideas, Marvel UK, in titles such as DarkGuard. Although his first professional job for the American market came from DC Comics, with The Flash, in 1994, his career was soon linked to Marvel.

Along with Salvador Larroca and Pascual Ferry, Pacheco became a spearhead and an example for several generations of Spanish cartoonists who dreamed of drawing superheroes for the American industry. His meticulous style, heir to Neal Adams and John Buscema, but also with obvious European influences, created a school during the 1990s and 2000s. Bishop, X-Universe, Excalibur or X-Men were some of his first works at Marvel, where he also did a stage in The Fantastic Four, along with the writer Rafael Marín and his inseparable inker for many years, Jesús Merino. .

Pacheco worked with such relevant screenwriters as John Ostrander, Geoff Johns and, above all, Kurt Busiek, with whom he made some of his most remembered works, with Siempre Avengers or Arrowsmith, a series of his own creation, among them. At DC Comics, he also worked with some of its most important characters, from Batman to Superman to Green Lantern, although his most celebrated work at this publisher was JLA/JSA, a crossover of the two main groups with a script by Geoff Johns and David Goyer.

Consecrated as one of the most prestigious cartoonists of his generation, in recent years he had drawn the X-Men or the Avengers again and was preparing, together with Kurt Busiek, the continuation of Arrowsmith.

During his career, Carlos Pacheco received several nominations for the prestigious Eisner Awards, the most important in the North American industry. In Spain, he has been awarded the Andalusian Comic Prize, within the framework of the Granada Hall, and the Cadiz Province Medal, among other awards. In 2016, he became the favorite son of San Roque, where there is a street named after him.

The City Council of his hometown has decreed two days of mourning and the funeral chapel will be installed in the Hall of the Palace of the Governors of San Roque.