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In Memoriam: Luis Bermejo, Artist of “Creepy,” “Vampirella,” “Lord of the Rings”

Luis Bermejo Lord of the Rings

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 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:

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“The Pyramid of the Black Sun” art by Bermejo

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:

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Cover art for Luis Bermejo’s “Lord of the Rings” series

Luis Bermejo Lord of the Rings

Interior art for Luis Bermejo’s “Lord of the Rings” series

Luis Bermejo Lord of the Rings

Interior art for Luis Bermejo’s “Lord of the Rings” series

Luis Bermejo Lord of the Rings

Interior art for Luis Bermejo’s “Lord of the Rings” series

Luis Bermejo Lord of the Rings

Interior art for Luis Bermejo’s “Lord of the Rings” series

Bermejo’s best-loved British series from the 1960s included “Heros the Spartan,” which he drew for Eagle Comics, and “Johnny Future”:

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“Heros the Spartan” spread by Bermejo for Eagle comics (UK) , 1963

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“Johnny Future” by Bermejo

Here are some examples of Bermejo’s interior art for Warren. In 1981, he was named Warren’s best all-around artist:

Creepy Bermejo

Luis Bermejo art from “Creepy” magazine

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Bermejo art from Creepy 95, 1978

In 1983, Bermejo adapted the Isaac Asimov sci-fi classic I, Robot:

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Cover of Bermejo’s 1983 “I, Robot” adaptation

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Interior art from Bermejo’s 1983 “I, Robot” adaptation

Though primarily an interior artist, Bermejo did draw or paint his share of covers. Here are some examples:

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Comic cover art by Bermejo

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Comic cover art by Bermejo

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Comic cover art by Bermejo

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Illustration for a horror-western novel cover by Bermejo

Here are a couple of examples of the oil paintings Bermejo had been publishing to his Facebook page as recently as two years ago:

Oil painting by Luis Bermejo

Oil painting by Luis Bermejo

Oil painting by Luis Bermejo

Oil painting by Luis Bermejo

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Luis Bermejo

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“Apocalipsis Warrior” by Luis Bermejo

For more information, visit Bermejo’s entry at Lambiek.net.

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Published on: December 17, 2015

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3 Responses to In Memoriam: Luis Bermejo, Artist of “Creepy,” “Vampirella,” “Lord of the Rings”

  1. Carlo Tessandro says:

    A master. I always loved his artwork.

  2. Stephan says:

    His delicate artwork was perfect for stories where the poetic vein was preponderant. He will be missed!
    Stephan, from Brazil

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