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Legendary Vampirella artist, Jose Gonzalez has died

Legendary Vampirella artist Jose Pepe Gonzalez has died after falling into a coma. He was 70 years old.

The Spanish comic book artist embarked on his career at the age of 17 working on the Rosas Blancas and Brigitte titles for Editorial Toray. He joined the agency Selecciones Illustrada in 1960 and drew romance comics for Fleetway as well as pin-ups for the international market.

In 1971, Warren Publishing, the publisher of Vampirella started using artists from Selecciones Illustrada and, according to The Warren Companion, when Jim Warren saw Gonzalez art: I knew we had it! We survived 12 issues but there it was. This is what I wanted for the first issue but couldnt put together.

Gonzalez received immediate acclaim for his work on Vampirella and drew the character continuously from issue 12 to 34, winning two Warren awards along the way. Between 1971 and 1983, Gonzalez drew 58 stories for Warren Publishing, putting him in the top 10 most prolific artists at the company. He drew 53 total strips of Vampirella, making him that titles most prolific artist.

According to a statement from Harris Comics, the current owners of Vampirella:

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.

No-one drew Vampirella like Gonzalez.

Will the Dangerous Pictures Act kill the UK comics industry?

Comic Shop Voice (via io9) thinks so.

If youve been living under a rock – or not paying attention to the antics of the UK government - for the past few months, the Dangerous Pictures Act – or the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act, to give it its fluffier sounding and more tabloid friendly official title – makes it a criminal offence to possess an “extreme pornographic image”, the definition of which is vague, to say the least.

Because this is a minefield for the law it then falls on the Police to enforce it, and it is their judgement that could lead to a prosecution. We COULD get to a point where the police could legitimately visit your home or workplace, and sanctioned by an un-elected magistrate or judge go through your collection and if they find any comic book that they feel will cause sexual arousal or displays extreme violence then they could arrest you.

And what is frightening about this law is that it gives them carte blanche to invade our lives, to shut down our comic shops and ultimately it could lead to censorship of books and films as well.

And before you point out that these are just fictional stories told with pictures, the government has already closed that particular loophole.

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For the next six weeks, the Tor Books website will be joining scientist Erwin Schrödinger on a tour of Quantum Zombies, Inc.

Join us for chills, thrills, and pulse-pounding scientific breakthroughs as we embark on a tour of the Quantum Zombie, Inc. facility, courtesy of a guy who bears a striking resemblance to famed scientist and cat-lover Erwin Schrödinger. Hijinks, hilarity, and an abundance of felines await you in Tor.com’s newest comic strip.

There will be one strip a week for the next six weeks and the first on can be found here.

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