Francisco Solano López (draftsman)

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Francisco Solano López signs at the 2007 Comic Festival in Lucca .

Francisco Solano López (born October 26, 1928 in Buenos Aires , Argentina; † August 12, 2011 there ) was an Argentine cartoonist . He illustrated numerous comic series and worked closely with Héctor Germán Oesterheld . Because of the political turmoil in Argentina, he was forced several times to work in Spain or other countries.


Solano López began his career as a cartoonist in the 1950s, at a time when the comic market was booming in Argentina. In 1953 he illustrated the series Perico y Guillerma . Soon afterwards he met the scenario writer Héctor German Oesterheld, with whom he remained closely connected professionally and personally until his arrest and disappearance in 1977. The focus of their first joint series was the superhero and test pilot Bull Rocket , which appeared in Misterix magazine. In 1957 Oesterheld founded the Frontera editorial together with his brother Jorge . The comic book publisher published the magazine Hora Cero . He drew several stories for the Ernie Pike series developed by Héctor Oesterheld and Hugo Pratt .

On September 4, 1957, the series El Eternauta appeared for the first time , which Solano López illustrated until 1959. Oesterheld created the scenario for this science fiction comic that became a metaphor for the repression by the military junta in Argentina in the 1970s . In 1959 Solano López started working for Fleetway in Madrid. In order to be closer to his clients, he later moved to London. There he drew numerous comic series, for example Kelly's Eye . He was supported by comic artists from Argentina who were unemployed because of the economic crisis that was prevalent there at the time.

After Solano López returned to Argentina in 1967, he resumed working with Oesterheld for another episode of El Eternauta II . He also drew the science fiction saga Slot Barr from Ricardo Barreiro and worked on the police series Evaristo with the author Carlos Sampayo together. In 1976 his house in Buenos Aires burned down under mysterious circumstances. He then emigrated to Madrid again with his family. In 1984 he moved on to Rio de Janeiro.

In the 1990s, Solano López switched to the genre of erotic comics. El Prostíbulo del Terror and El Institute in particular became known. Together with his son Gabriel he created the comic book Ana e historias tristes . In 1995 he returned to Argentina. In 2009 Solano López designed drawings for the animated film Eva de la Argentina by María Seoane about Eva Perón .

On August 12, 2011, at the age of 82, he died of a stroke in Buenos Aires.

Works (selection)

  • Ernie Pike , 1957–1959, scenario by Héctor Germán Oesterheld.
  • El Eternauta (Ger. Eternauta, avant-verlag, 2016), 1957–1959, scenario by Héctor Germán Oesterheld.
  • Kelly's Eye , 1962-1964.
  • Evaristo , 1984–1986, scenario by Carlos Sampayo, Fierro.
  • El instituto (German Young Witches, Black Tower, 2004), 1989, scenario by Ricardo Barreiro.
  • Ana e historias tristes , 2001, scenario Gabriel Solano López.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c Steve Holland: Francisco Solano López obituary (engl.). the guardian, October 24, 2011, accessed January 18, 2017 .
  2. a b Kim Thompson: Francisco Solano López, 1928 - 2011 (English). The Comics Journal, August 14, 2011, accessed January 18, 2017 .
  3. a b Fleetway artist Solano López. Retrieved January 18, 2017 .
  4. IMDb: Eva de la argentina (2011)