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It’s sad when really great artists pass away, as it means there will never be new work from that creator.  In honor of the passing of Vampirella artist Jose “Pepe” Gonzalez, today we’re giving you a glimpse of the work he did with vampire from outer space.

From Harris Comics:

It is with great sadness that Harris Comics has learned of the passing of Jose “Pepe” Gonzalez. He was 70 years old.

Gonzalez is best known for his work on Vampirella. Starting with Vampirella #12 in 1971 and together with Archive Goodwin, Gonzalez created horror classics that have stood the test of time as some of the finest examples of the comics medium. His work was thrilling, sensuous and beautiful. He brought the character to life, elevated her to an icon and, most deservedly, won over a legion of fans who have never forgotten him. To this day, many would say his was the definitive rendition of the character.

He was one of the greatest artists comics has ever seen. He will never be replaced and he will be sorely missed.

Joe Jusko had this to say: “I can honestly say that my life long affinity for Vampirella was born due to the discovery of Jose Gonzalez’ breathtaking work. From the splash page of Vampirella #21 through the very last panel, my 12 year old eyes had never seen a woman drawn in comics as Gonzalez drew them; beautiful, mysterious, sexy (but never slutty). I have forever tried to capture the glamour and sensuality that he brought to the character, but as all who have tried since have always come up tragically short. There will always be only one definitive Vampi artist in most readers’ eyes and he will always be the great Jose ‘Pepe’ Gonzalez.”

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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4 Comments

  1. Salieri
    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 am — Reply

    Yikes…now that is photorealistic art. What a shame – I wish I’d known of him before.

  2. Jerard
    March 17, 2009 at 10:57 am — Reply

    Man i would love to own some of these RIP

  3. DrNerdo
    March 18, 2009 at 8:13 am — Reply

    Jose Gonzalez is dead?! My god thats terrible news! He was a great artist, it’s a shame he was not more known to this generation.

  4. Mike Keller
    March 19, 2009 at 11:12 am — Reply

    Dead? …maybe

    Like the character he loved, I think he is immortal now.

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