by Frank Forte
Jaime Brocal Remohí was a Spanish comic book artist who created comics for such publisher as Ehapa, Warren, Kodansha, Darguad, Epic and Heavy Metal. Known for gritty barbarians and sexy women, Brocal was a favorite among fans of fantasy and action adventure comics. Jaime Brocal was a master of the brush and pen and should be heralded as one of the great comic book artists of the last century.
Born in Valencia, Spain, Brocal began his comic career at the age of 20, working of various adventure comics including Leslie Chartiers’ The Saint and an adaption of Jules Verne’s “From Earth to Moon”. In 1960 at the age of 24, Brocal created the adventure series Katan and Ogan. Ten years later, he would create the characters Kronan, Arcane and Taar. He also worked on various hardcover books such as “Gandhi”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “The Jewish People” and “The History of Islam”. He would later produce illustrations for Planeta de Agostini. Brocal also worked for Japanese publisher Kodansha, drawing the series Kami no Ude, as well as more stories featuring Charteris’ The Saint for the Swedish market and Tarzan for the German publishers Ehapa.
Jaime Brocal Remohí was born in Valencia, Spain. He began his professional career at the early age of 18, drawing “Orjitas y Conchi” and “Los Cuentos de Triblin” in Peques. He then contributed to collections like Lirio (Editorial Maga) and Lili (Editorial Ferma), before teaming up with scriptwriter Arizmendi to make comic adaptations of classics like Jules Verne’s “From Earth to Moon” for the publishing house Valenciana in the late 1950s. In 1960, he created his first heroic fantasy hero, Katan, which was published in a 48-issue collection by Toray, as well as the French publisher Arédit. This was followed by Ögan, created with scriptwriter Mariano Hispanio for Boixher in 1966.
From then on, Brocal would hardly leave the heroic fantasy subject. By the early 1970s he created “Kronan”, a series published in Trinca magazine, and he made comics for the James Warren horror magazines in the USA. Brocal created many stories for the magazines Creepy and Eerie until 1976, making a lot of one-episode stories, as well as the series “The Mummy Walks.”
In 1974, he created another barbarian hero, called Arcane, together with Victor Mora for the French magazine Pilote. Two years later, Brocal and scriptwriter Claude Moliterni created another barbarian character called Taar, published by Dargaud in France, the same publisher that had published his “Gandhi”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “The Jewish People” and “The History of Islam” books.
In 1978, Brocal produced a comic adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans”, which was published by several European publishers. He continued the Ta-ar albums for Dargaud until 1988. Later on, Brocal tended to make mostly illustrations, doing covers and spots for Planeta de Agostini. At the time, Remohi drew the series “Kami No Ude” for Kodansha, Japan, another fantasy character placed in a mythic and legend-filled Japan, following the Japanese Sintoic religion myths. This story occupied 360 pages. It was later published by Planeta. In the 1990s, Brocal also created some new stories for the Spanish edition of Creepy. A collection of his illustrations, “Fatasia Heroica,” was published by Planeta in 1997. Brocal Remohi’s work was additionally present in US magazines like Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated.
“The Horror of G’ Zalth” by Brocal Remohi is from Heavy Metal magazine, September, 1978:
Due to his connections with Seleciones Illustrada, Brocal joined Warren Publishing and was one of the first Spanish artists to work for the company, premiering in Eerie 34 in July 1971. Brocal drew 16 stories for Warren from 1971 through 1974. While at Warren he illustrated multiple recurring characters including Targos and The Mummy, one of the first continuing series published in Eerie.
Jaime Brocal Remohí died on June 29, 2002 at the age of 66 in Valencia, Spain.
Frank Forte Bio:
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series, which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003.
In Frank’s spare time he paints. Recent shows include Laluzapalooza 2015 and Laluzapalooza Jury Winners Group Show 2015 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Villains of Animation at Van Eaton Galleries (Sherman Oaks, CA). Past shows include the CATZ Group Show at LTD. Gallery in Seattle, WA and the 6×6 group Show at The Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. His art has been exhibited at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles) and the Animation Guild Gallery 839 (North Hollywood).
Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.