Alfredo P. Alcala


ALFREDO P. ALCALA was born in 1925, dropped out of school at a tender age, bent on becoming an illustrator.

Initially, he painted signs, then turned to designing chandeliers, garden furniture, table lamps and hat racks for a wrought iron shop. He even designed a church pulpit.

In 1948, Alfredo got his dream fulfilled. Bituin Komiks commissioned him to illustrate a short story. Immediately after that, he was taken in by Ace Publications, then under Tony Velasquez, and assigned to illustrate novels for Pilipino Komiks, Tagalog Klasiks, Hiwaga Komiks and Espesyal Komiks which at the time coming out every two weeks. Alfredo worked on the novels which were coming out simultaneouly, all by himself – from pencilling to inking, to lettering. There were times, when deadline demanded, that he worked for days without sleep.

Alfredo also wrote novels himself which he, of course, drew as well. Among the more memorable ones were “Ukala”, an epic set against the background of the American Northwest when the Europeans first intruded into the domain of the Indians, and “Voltar”, a Viking saga. Both were so meticulously drawn that Alcala reaped praises from even the severest critics of the day. He also wrote and drew a series on the Japanese warships that became legends during WW2.

And in 1963, Ace Publications closed shop, prodding many writers and artists to strike out on their own. Alfredo, along with Virgilio and Nestor Redondo, Amado Castrillo, Tony Caravana and others decided to form a comic book company on their own called CRAF Publications, a company that would usher in one of the most spectacular comic strips to ever appear in Philippine comics. The strips is Voltar, a story of Vikings which the World Encyclopedia of Comics regards as…an antonishing display of sustained artistic endeavor. Every chapter contains a spectacular center spread. Each panel is embellished in an etching style that rivals the works of the old masters. Inch for inch, it is probably the most detailed art ever to appear in comic books.

By that time, Alfredo had already turned to the artworks of notable American illustrators such as Dean Cornwell, Robert Fawcett, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Franklin Booth and J.C. Leyendecker. But as Alfredo himself points out, it was the renowned British muralist Frank Brangwyn who greatly influenced him.

In the early 1970s, an American comic book publishing execute on a visit to the Philippines took interest on Alcala’s works. Before long, Alfredo has worked for nearly every company from Marvel to DC to Dark Horse, etc. He worked on characters as diverse as Conan, Man Thing, El Diablo, Star Wars and Swamp Thing with writer Alan Moore.

Alfredo passed away in April 2, 2000. He was 74 years old.

Published Works

  • Aklat ng Kabayanihan: Graf Spee, Espesyal Komiks (1959)
  • Aklat ng Kabayanihan: Pearl Harbor, Espesyal Komiks (1960-1961)
  • Aklat ng Kabayanihan: Prince of Wales, Espesyal Komiks (1962)
  • Aklat ng Kabayanihan: Warspite, Espesyal Komiks (1961-1962)
  • Aklat ng Kabayanihan: Yamato, Espesyal Komiks (1959-1960)
  • Alyas Buldoser, Kidlat Komiks (1969)
  • Ang Daigdig ni Doktor Markus, Pilipino Komiks (1962-1963)
  • Ang Kuwan, Redondo Komix (1966-1967)
  • Ang Taong Halimaw sa mga Guho ng Intramuros, Tagalog Klasiks (1953)
  • Anting-Anting ni Dading, Redondo Komix (1966)
  • Badajos, Alcala Fight Komix (1967)
  • Barracuda, Pilipino Komiks (1958-1959)
  • Bededon, Holiday Komiks (1963)
  • Bilanggong Pag-ibig, Liwayway (1952)
  • Bim, Bam, Bum, Tagalog Klasiks (1955)
  • Cuatro Vidas, Hiwaga Komiks (1955-1956)
  • Dalawang Pisngi ng Langit, Universal Komiks (1970-1971)
  • Dingdong, United Komiks (1970)
  • Donya Geronima, Espesyal Komiks (1953-1954)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Tagalog Klasiks (1950)
  • Guerrero, Hiwaga Komiks (1954)
  • Halik sa Apoy, Universal Komiks (1969-1970)
  • Huwad, United Komiks (1970)
  • Ifugao, Hiwaga Komiks (1953-1954)
  • Infanta Judith, Pilipino Komiks (1961-1962)
  • Ito Po ang Inyong Lingkod, Pilipino Komiks (1955-1956)
  • Juan Tamban, Espesyal Komiks (1956-1957)
  • Jungga, United Komiks (1971-1972)
  • Kabibe, Pilipino Komiks (1960-1961)
  • Kariong Kantanod, Bituin Komiks (1949)
  • Kasaysayan ng Paglipad, Tagalog Klasiks (1955)
  • Keng Leon… Keng Tigre…, Pilipino Komiks (1963)
  • Kid Bomba, Holiday Komiks (1964)
  • Kidlat sa Talampas, Liwayway (1963)
  • Komando, CRAF Klasix (1964)
  • Komando: Ang Gerilyeros, CRAF Klasix (1964)
  • Komando: Deuterium Oxide, CRAF Klasix (1964)
  • Komando: Flying Submarine, CRAF Klasix (1964)
  • Kondor, Alcala Fight Komix (1966)
  • Kurdapya, Tagalog Klasiks (1954-1955)
  • Langit sa Lupa, Tagalog Klasiks (1956)
  • Magic Bilao, Redondo Komix (1964-1965)
  • Mga Batang Bangketa, Universal Komiks (1970)
  • Mga Kasaysayang Ginto sa Buhay ni Nora Aunor, Liwayway (1971)
  • Mga Ligaw na Alabok, Liwayway (1971)
  • Mga Tauhan ng Noli at Fili, CRAF Klasix (1964)
  • Monica, Pilipino Komiks (1959-1960)
  • Nobody’s Child, United Komiks (1970)
  • Odinah, Universal Komiks (1971)
  • Okleng, Pilipino Komiks (1956-1957)
  • Orang, United Komiks (1969-1970)
  • Panagupa, Pioneer Komiks (1965-1966)
  • Pobresita, Hiwaga Komiks (1958-1959)
  • Pretty Boy, Hiwaga Komiks (1956-1957)
  • Prinsipe Amante, Aksiyon Komiks (1950-1951)
  • Pusturyoso, Tagalog Klasiks (1965-1966)
  • Sa Kuko ng Halimaw, Kidlat Komiks (1970-1971)
  • Shimajar, Hiwaga Komiks (1953)
  • Si Moises, Ang Superstar ng mga Israelitas, Liwayway (1972)
  • Siga-Siga, Liwayway (1953)
  • Silveria, Hiwaga Komiks (1957-1958)
  • Talusaling, Espesyal Komiks (1955)
  • Tatlong Pangako, Hiwaga Komiks (1952)
  • Tin-Edyer, Espesyal Komiks (1953-1954)
  • Tres Ojos, Pilipino Komiks (1954-1955)
  • Tsismosang Pipi, Hiwaga Komiks (1955-1956)
  • Tulisang Pugot, Liwayway (1950-1951)
  • Ukala, Pilipino Komiks (1952-1953)
  • Ulupong, Pilipino Komiks (1957-1958)
  • Vendetta, Bulaklak (1950)
  • Vetala, Aliwan Komiks (1969)
  • Vic Vigilante, Redondo Komix (1966)
  • Voltar, Alcala Fight Komix (1963-1964)
  • Wahoo, Redondo Komix (1964)
  • Zombie, Universal Komiks (1972)