Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ernie Pike - Coda # 1

If you ask any European comics reader about "Ernie Pike" s/he will tell you that Ernie Pike is a comic by Hugo Pratt. Some, but not many, will tell you that "Ernie Pike" is a comic by Hugo Pratt, scripted by Héctor Germán Oesterheld. Few, if any, will mention Jorge Oesterheld at all. And none, I'm sure, will tell you that Hugo Pratt drew, give or take, 10 % of the series only.

Who drew the other 90 %, then? Well, 46 draftsmen did (not counting Ernie Pike Coleccion Batallas Inolvidables and Ernie Pike in Top and Skorpio)...

Today I'm starting a series of posts showing Ernie Pike, the character as drawn by all its creators in alphabetical order. Take this as a homage to all the artists who are forgotten!...

(As legend tells us, Oesterheld was inspired by the American war correspondent Ernie Pyle to create Ernie Pike. On the other hand Hugo Pratt created Ernie Pike using Oesterheld's likeness. He had done the exact same thing a few years before in Misterix with the character Scribe in the "Sgt. Kirk" series.)


Aguilar (a), Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), "Ernie Pike: Heroísmos inútiles," [useless heroisms] Frontera # 49, April 1961.


Victor Hugo Arias (a), Jorge Oesterheld (as Jorge Mora - w), "Ernie Pike," Hora Cero # 35, March 1960.


Jesus Balbi (a), Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), "Ernie Pike," Hora Cero Extra! # 37, February 29, 1961.


Victor Hugo di Benedetto (a), Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), "Ernie Pike: Un raro episodio," [a strange episode] Hora Cero # 52, August 1961.


José del Bó (a), Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), "Ernie Pike: Su mejor crónica," [his best column] Hora Cero Extra! # 41, May 16, 1961.


Alberto Breccia (a), Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), "Ernie Pike: El amuleto," [the amulet] Hora Cero # 24, April, 1959.


Gabriel Cafa (as Yabar a), Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), "Ernie Pike: Ingenio," [ingenuity] Hora Cero # 50, June, 1961.

Al Caruso (a), Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), "Ernie Pike," Frontera # 46, January, 1961.


Juan Lucas Castro (a), Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), "Ernie Pike: Medalla del Congreso,[Congress medal], Hora Cero Extra! # 58, February 13, 1962.


Eugenio Colonnese (a), Héctor Germán Oesterheld (w), "Ernie Pike: Medallas,[medals], Hora Cero Extra! # 12, August, 1959.


PS Many thanks to Carlos Altgelt for the data.


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