Happy Birthday: Jesse Santos
Born in Teresa, Rizal, in the Philippines in 1928, Jesse F. Santos was already displaying his art as a young boy—at the age of ten he did the mural for his church.
By 14 he was working as a professional artist. During World War II Santos sketched portraits for American G.I.s. This led to an invitation to work on Halakhak Komics, the Philipines’ first serialized comic book, in 1946. Santos teamed with writer Damy Velasquez to create Kidlat, and later they created the detective strip DI-13 for Pilipino Komiks.
In 1969 Santos and his family moved to the U.S. He then got work with Western Publications, where he illustrated books like Davy Crockett and worked on several Gold Key comic books, including Dr. Spektor, Brothers of the Spear, Tragg, and Dagar.