Spanish comics artist Luis Bermejo Rojo, famous for his work on Warren Publishing’s Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella, as well as numerous British comics, died December 12, 2015, at the age of 84. An extensive post by John Freeman at DownTheTubes.net details a career that started in the 1940s and spanned numerous comics genres, including science fiction, adventure, and fantasy. Often known as Luis Bermejo or simply Bermejo, the artist turned to oil painting in recent years, producing impressionist canvases reminiscent of Monet and Degas.
Bermejo has one credit in the Heavy Metal archive, “Pyramid of the Black Sun: Orka,” published in our November 2002 issue. Here’s the splash page as it appeared when first published in Eerie #126:
One of Bermejo’s signature achievements was a comic-book adaptation of Lord of the Rings, based on Ralph Bakshi’s animated version. It was published in numerous languages in Europe, but never in the U.S. Here’s a look at a cover and some interior art:
Bermejo’s best-loved British series from the 1960s included “Heros the Spartan,” which he drew for Eagle Comics, and “Johnny Future”:
Here are some examples of Bermejo’s interior art for Warren. In 1981, he was named Warren’s best all-around artist:
In 1983, Bermejo adapted the Isaac Asimov sci-fi classic I, Robot:
Though primarily an interior artist, Bermejo did draw or paint his share of covers. Here are some examples:
Here are a couple of examples of the oil paintings Bermejo had been publishing to his Facebook page as recently as two years ago:
For more information, visit Bermejo’s entry at Lambiek.net.