Adrian Gonzales

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Adrian Gonzales
BornAdrian Gonzales
DiedOctober 23, 1998 (age 60–61)
Area(s)Penciller, Inker
Pseudonym(s)Ading Gonzales
Notable works
All-Star Squadron
Arak, Son of Thunder
Super Powers

Adrian Gonzales (1937 – October 23, 1998)[1] was a Filipino comics artist best known for his work on All-Star Squadron, Arak, Son of Thunder, and Super Powers for DC Comics.


Adrian Gonzales began his career as a comic book artist in the 1960s working for such Philippine comics publications as Hiwaga Komiks and Tagalog Klasiks.[1][2] He made his debut in the US comics market with the story "The Young Wolves" in Our Army at War #252 (Dec. 1972) published by DC Comics.[3] He only did sporadic work for US publishers until 1981 when he became the penciler on the All-Star Squadron series. Editor Len Wein hired Gonzales as a replacement for the previous artist Rich Buckler and notified the title's creator/writer Roy Thomas with a note stating "You're going to like Adrian Gonzales".[4] He drew the series for 13 issues[3] which included a crossover with the Justice League of America[5][6] and then became the artist on the Arak, Son of Thunder title.[4] DC Comics produced several Superman stories for the German comics market in the early 1980s[7] and Gonzales drew one of them.[8][9] In addition, he contributed to Archie Comics' 1983 revival of the Mighty Crusaders series.[3] A New Teen Titans drug awareness comic book sponsored by IBM and drawn by Gonzales was published in cooperation with The President's Drug Awareness Campaign in 1984.[10][11] That same year, he penciled the Super Powers limited series which tied-in with the Kenner Products toyline of the same name.[12] After a brief stint working on the Sgt. Rock series,[3] Gonzales left the comics industry in 1985 and became a storyboard artist for several animation studios including Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears.[1]


Archie Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Western Publishing[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Ading Gonzales". Lambiek Comiclopedia. April 13, 2012. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012. Ading Gonzales also drew under his real name, Adrian Gonzales.
  2. ^ Alanguilan, Gerry (September 13, 2005). "Ading Gonzales aka Adrian Gonzales". Komikero Komiks. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Adrian Gonzales at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Roy (March 2011). "'I Want To Do It All Again!' Roy Thomas Talks About The 1980s at DC Comics – Schwartz, Warts, And All". Alter Ego. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. 3 (100): 22. ISBN 978-1-60549-031-1.
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The Justice League of America teamed up with the Justice Society of America on a large-scale with 'Crisis on Earth-Prime', a five-part saga that crossed from the pages of Justice League of America into All-Star Squadron...A collaboration between writers Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, and artists Don Heck and Adrian Gonzales, the saga also featured cover artwork by DC luminaries George Pérez and Joe Kubert.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Thomas, Roy (2000). "The Justice League-Justice Society Team-Ups". The All-Star Companion. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 191–192. ISBN 1-893905-05-5. Justice League of America #207–209 (Oct.–Dec. 1982) and All-Star Squadron #14–15 (Oct.–Nov. 1982)
  7. ^ Cronin, Brian (January 4, 2007). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #84". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015.
  8. ^ Superman Spectacular at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ Wells, John (May 12, 2003). "The Definitive Graphic Novels List". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on May 16, 2015. 'The Startling Saga of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue' took its title from the classic Silver Age imaginary tale but Bob Rozakis' plot took off in an entirely different direction. Paul Kupperberg provided dialogue and Adrian Gonzales and Vince Colletta were the artists.
  10. ^ The New Teen Titans (IBM) #3 at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ "Turner, Carlton E.: Files, 1981–1987 – Reagan Library Collections". Simi Valley, California: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. n.d. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. This series contains material relating to the development and distribution of the Teen Titans drug awareness comic books. The comic books were designed to communicate the dangers of drug abuse to elementary school children. The Drug Abuse Policy Office coordinated the project, DC Comics developed the story line and artwork, and private companies funded the production costs. The Keebler Company sponsored the fourth grade book (released in April 1983), the National Soft Drink Association sponsored the sixth grade book (November 1983), and IBM sponsored the fifth grade book through the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth (February 1984). The files consist primarily of correspondence with educators, parents, and children.
  12. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 208: In association with the toy company Kenner, DC released a line of toys called Super Powers...DC soon debuted a five-issue Super Powers miniseries plotted by comic book legend Jack 'King' Kirby, scripted by Joey Cavalieri, and with pencils by Adrian Gonzales.

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Preceded by
Rich Buckler
All-Star Squadron penciller
Succeeded by
Jerry Ordway
Preceded by
Alfredo Alcala
Arak, Son of Thunder penciller
Succeeded by
Ron Randall