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Born Vicente Doria Catan Jr.
Died May 13, 2004
Nationality Filipino

Vincente Doria Catan Jr., known by his pen name Vicatan (1948 – May 13, 2004), [1] was a Filipino comic book artist and novelist.

Comic book publication of comics art

A comic book or comicbook, also called comic magazine or simply comic, is a publication that consists of comic art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by brief descriptive prose and written narrative, usually, dialog contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form. Although comics has some origins in 18th century Japan, comic books were first popularized in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 1930s. The first modern comic book, Famous Funnies, was released in the U.S. in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper humor comic strips, which had established many of the story-telling devices used in comics. The term comic book derives from American comic books once being a compilation of comic strips of a humorous tone; however, this practice was replaced by featuring stories of all genres, usually not humorous in tone.



Vicente Doria Catan Jr. was born in the Philippines and worked in the studio of artist Nestor Redondo. After several years in the Filipino komiks industry, he began to work for U.S. comics publishers including DC Comics and Warren Publishing. [2] Artist and comics historian Gerry Alanguilan noted that "Probably the closest of all [Nestor] Redondo's followers, Vicatan shared the great man's beautifully lush brush strokes but married that style to an ever-so-slightly humorous sensibility." [3] With his pen name Vicatan, he made his U.S. comics debut with the story "Goodbye, Nancy" in House of Secrets #99 (Aug. 1972). [4] He drew stories for various DC Comics titles including Ghosts , G.I. Combat , House of Mystery , Secrets of Haunted House , Sgt. Rock , The Unexpected , and Weird War Tales from 1979 to 1987. Vicatan drew comics adaptations of Billy Budd , Crime and Punishment , Julius Caesar , Macbeth , and Othello for Pendulum Press in 1979 and 1980. [4] Following his final work for DC, Vicatan worked exclusively in the Filipino comics industry. He died on 13 May 2004. [2]

Nestor Redondo Comic artist

Nestor Purugganan Redondo was a Filipino comics artist best known for his work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and other American publishers in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Comics in the Philippines are widespread and popular throughout the country from the 1920s to the present. Komiks were partially inspired by American mainstream comic strips and comic books during the early 20th century. Particularly after World War II, the medium became widely popular, though its mainstream appeal has subsided somewhat with the advent of other mass-media forms such as telenovelas. Webcomics produced by independent Filipino web-based artists have caught the attention of local and foreign readers.

DC Comics U.S. comic book publisher

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Archie Comics

DC Comics

<i>Ghosts</i> (comics)

Ghosts is a horror comics anthology series published by DC Comics for 112 issues from September–October 1971 to May 1982. Its tagline was "True Tales of the Weird and Supernatural", changed to "New Tales of the Weird and Supernatural," as of #75, and dropped after #104.

<i>G.I. Combat</i> American war comic (1952-87; 2012)

G.I. Combat was an American comics anthology featuring war stories. It was published from 1952 until 1956 by Quality Comics, followed by DC Comics until its final issue in 1987. In 2012 it was briefly revived.

<i>House of Mystery</i> anthology comic book series

The House of Mystery is the name of several horror, fantasy, and mystery Comics anthologies published by DC Comics. It had a companion series, House of Secrets. It is also the name of the titular setting of the series.

Harris Publications

Marvel Comics

Pendulum Press

<i>Billy Budd</i> novel by Herman Melville

Billy Budd, Sailor is the final novel by American writer Herman Melville, first published posthumously in London in 1924 as edited by Raymond M. Weaver, a professor at Columbia University. Other versions were later published. Melville had begun writing the original work in November 1888, but left it unfinished at his death in 1891. Acclaimed by British critics as a masterpiece when published in London, it quickly took its place as a classic literary work in the United States.

<i>Crime and Punishment</i> Russian-language novel by F. Dostoyevsky, serialized every month in 1866, about Raskolnikov, a poor ex-student in St. Petersburg who kills a pawnbroker; before the crime he morally justifies himself, but afterwards he feels guilty

Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoevsky's full-length novels following his return from 5 years of exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is considered the first great novel of his "mature" period of writing.

<i>Julius Caesar</i> (play) play by William Shakespeare

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Renegade Press

  • Revolver #1 (1985)

Warren Publishing

  • 1984 #10 (1979)
  • 1994 #14, 18–20, 24, 26, 28–29 (1980–1983)
  • Eerie #136 (1982)
<i>1984</i> (magazine) black and white science-fiction comic magazine published by Warren Publishing from 1978 to 1983

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Eerie was an American magazine of horror comics introduced in 1966 by Warren Publishing. Like Mad, it was a black-and-white magazine intended for newsstand distribution and thus intentionally outside the control of the Comics Code Authority. Each issue's stories were introduced by the host character, Cousin Eerie. Its sister publications were Creepy and Vampirella.

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  1. "Vic Catan Jr". Lambiek Comiclopedia. May 6, 2014. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015.
  2. 1 2 Ting, Reg (2004). "Vicatan Interview". Psi Com Publishing. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012.
  3. Alanguilan, Gerry (n.d.). "Vicatan". Archived from the original on February 25, 2012.
  4. 1 2 Vicatan at the Grand Comics Database