The GeeksverseLeaving Proof 298 | Filipino artist spotlight: Den Ingente, Johnny Ingente, and Jess Jodloman

Leaving Proof 298 | Filipino artist spotlight: Den Ingente, Johnny Ingente, and Jess Jodloman
Published on Friday, March 18, 2016 by
In today’s Filipino artist spotlight: the enigmatic Den Ingente, Kong the Untamed inker Johnny Ingente, and the prolific and highly-talented House of Mystery , Weird War Tales, and Eerie artist Jess Jodloman.

Author’s Note: Readers who have been following me on Tumblr will know that I’ve recently started a series of weekly posts highlighting the the “Filipino Wave” artists who worked on the horror, sci-fi, western, war, fantasy, and sword-and-sorcery comics published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Warren Publishing, and other outfits in the 1970s and 1980s. Today’s column is a collection of the most recent posts in the series.  

As with all the art I post in this blog, the images below are being shared in the spirit of fair use.

Den Ingente

A solid—if somewhat unspectacular—draftsman at least as far as his American comics work is concerned, Den Ingente contributed art for a single story for DC Comics: A three-page filler in Secrets of Haunted House #19 (December 1979):

It’s certainly possible that he was capable of much more striking work, but he wasn’t exactly working with prime material as far as Jack Philip’s throwaway script/plot goes.

It’s also likely that he is related to another Filipino artist who worked for DC Comics at the time named Johnny Ingente (more on him below), but public biographical details for Den Ingente are scarce.

Johnny O. Ingente

Johnny O. Ingente was the more prolific of the two Ingentes who worked for American publishers in the 1970s, although not by a whole lot. (An aside: I’m only half-joking when I say that I’m not fully convinced that Den Ingente and Johnny O. Ingente are two different people: I’ve come up with absolutely nothing as far as biographical details for the former, and their art styles are similar enough that I can easily confuse the work of one for the work of the other!)

Johnny Ingente made his American comics debut with a two-page filler in DC Comics’ Ghosts #43 (October 1975). As with Den Ingente, one gets the sense that the artist was capable of so much more, but there was just not a lot to work with as far as the story (such as it was):

Ingente’s next appearance in American print would be inking a full-length 18-page story penciled by fellow Filipino artist Anton Caravana (more on him here) in DC’s Kong the Untamed #4 (December 1975/January 1976). Ingente’s fine linework would bring a different look to Caravana’s illustrations, as the latter favored a bolder, more muscular line when inking his own pencils.

It would be almost four years before Ingente’s third and final American comics work would see print, another two-page filler for DC Comics in The Unexpected #193 (September/October 1979) that only hinted at the true level of his rendering and storytelling craft:

Ingente returned to work in the Philippine komiks scene in subsequent years. Amusingly enough, at some point in the 1990s he alternated between illustrating covers for comics adaptations of Bible stories on the one hand, and covers for trashy, sensationalistic “true crime”-style comics on the other. Talk about range!

Jess M. Jodloman

Along with Alex Niño, E.R. Cruz, Alfredo Alcala, and Abel Laxamana, Jess Jodloman had one of the more readily recognizable rendering styles among the Filipino Wave artists. Jodloman employed a very fine brush inking style, which unfortunately didn’t always translate well with the printing technology and low-quality newsprint paper of the day.

A veteran of the Filipino komiks industry (he got his start as a pro in 1954), Jodloman already had quite the polished look to his work by the time he made his American comics debut in DC Comics’House of Secrets #108 (June 1973):

Impressively, Jodloman still found room to grow and improve as an artist through the next 64 American comics assignments he would work on over the next 13 years. See, for instance, the following short story from DC’s Weird War Tales #38 (June 1975), which marked Jodloman as a sword-and-sorcery comics renderer on par with Savage Sword of Conan mainstays Alfredo Alcala and Ernie Chua:

Jodloman did get to contribute to Curtis Magazines’ Kull and the Barbarians and The Savage Sword of Conan. His best work for Curtis (then an imprint of Marvel Comics) was providing the accompanying illustrations for Roy Thomas’ “Death-Song of Conan the Cimmerian” poem which appeared in The Savage Sword of Conan #8 (October 1975).

While Jodloman is perhaps best known for his work for DC’s various comics anthologies in the mid/late 1970s (particularly his 15 issues on House of Mystery), it is arguably on Warren Publishing’s black & white horror and “adult fantasy” magazines that he was able to showcase his best work, with a key highlight being his masterful ink-wash turn on “The Red Stone,” a 16-page featured story in Eerie #118 (January 1981):

Also notable is the macabre 12-page story “Night of the Chicken” from Vampirella #71  (August 1978), which affords an opportunity to see Jodloman’s fine linework unencumbered by the limited color printing of the period:

Jess Jodloman’s American comics bibliography (excludes reprints):

  • “A Clear and Present Danger!”: 1984 #9 (October 1979), Warren Publishing
  • “Zero Hour Is 27 Years Long”: All-Out War #6 (July-August 1980), DC Comics
  • “One Mind, Closed For Alterations!”: Creepy #120 (August 1980), Warren Publishing
  • “A Lion in Our Midst”: Eerie #108 (January 1980), Warren Publishing
  • “The Red Shot”: Eerie #118 (January 1981), Warren Publishing
  • “One Way Passage”: Elvira’s House of Mystery #3 (May 1986), DC Comics
  • “You’ll Beg to Die!”: Elvira’s House of Mystery #6 (August 1986), DC Comics
  • “The Last Shrill Laugh of the Phantom”: Ghosts #22 (January 1974), DC Comics
  • “The Specter Struck Twice”: Ghosts #81 (October 1979), DC Comics
  • “Escape from the Haunt of the Amazon Specters”: Ghosts #83 (December 1979), DC Comics
  • “The Perfect Mate”: House of Mystery #226 (August-September 1974), DC Comics
  • “The Bewitchment of Jerimiah Haskins”: House of Mystery #234 (August 1975), DC Comics
  • “A Touch of Evil”: House of Mystery #238 (December-January 1975), DC Comics
  • “Blood Money” House of Mystery #242 (June 1976), DC Comics
  • “Things Like That Don’t Happen”: House of Mystery #243 (July 1976), DC Comics
  • “Tomb It May Concern”: House of Mystery #246 (October 1976), DC Comics
  • “The Ghost of Deadman’s Breach!”: House of Mystery #247 (November 1976), DC Comics
  • “Fear Wore Two Faces!”: House of Mystery #251 (March-April 1977), DC Comics
  • “The Night Job”: House of Mystery #254 (September-October 1977), DC Comics
  • “Haunts Upon a Time…”: House of Mystery #257, (March-April 1978), DC Comics
  • “Gypsy Shade”: House of Mystery #261 (October 1978), DC Comics
  • “The Man Who Spoke with Spirits”: House of Mystery #268 (May 1979), DC Comics
  • “Deadly Peril at 20,000”: House of Mystery #284 (September 1980), DC Comics
  • “Open Season”: House of Mystery #288 (January 1981), DC Comics
  • “The Game of Fear”: House of Mystery #311 (December 1982), DC Comics
  • “Act III: Eternity”: House of Secrets #108 (June 1973), DC Comics
  • “Sister Witch”: House of Secrets #152 (June-July 1978), DC Comics
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau #1 (1977), Marvel Comics
  • “The Teeth of the Dragon”: Kull and the Barbarians #2 (May 1975), Curtis Magazines/Marvel Magazines
  • Marvel Classics Comics #16: Ivanhoe (1976), Marvel Comics
  • Marvel Classics Comics #18: The Odyssey (1977), Marvel Comics
  • “Death-Song Of Conan The Cimmerian”: The Savage Sword of Conan #8 (October 1975), Curtis Magazines/Marvel Magazines
  • Conan pin-up: The Savage Sword of Conan #33 (September 1978), Curtis Magazines/Marvel Magazines
  • “It’ll Grow on You”: Secrets of Haunted House #7 (August-July 1977), DC Comics
  • “Life Sentence”: Secrets of Haunted House #12 (June-July 1978), DC Comics
  • “Wheel of Fortune”: Secrets of Haunted House #14 (October-November 1978), DC Comics
  • “Curtain Call”: Secrets of Haunted House #15 (August 1979), DC Comics
  • “Water, Water Every Fear!”: Secrets of Haunted House #16 (September 1979), DC Comics
  • “Russian Roulette”: Secrets of Haunted House #30 (November 1980), DC Comics
  • “Slaves of Satan”: Secrets of Haunted House #38 (July 1981), DC Comics
  • “The Greed Inside”: Secrets of Sinister House #13 (September 1973), DC Comics
  • “Mr. Reilly the Derelict!”: Secrets of Sinister House #15 (November 1973), DC Comics
  • “A Cry In the Night”: The Unexpected #159 (September-October 1974), DC Comics
  • “What Haunted Herbert”: The Unexpected #176 (November-December 1976), DC Comics
  • “Getting Rid of Robert”: The Unexpected #190 (March-April 1979), DC Comics
  • “Moonlight and Laughter”: The Unexpected #194 (November-December 1979), DC Comics
  • “Weave a Tangled Skein of Death”: The Unexpected #195 (January-February 1980), DC Comics
  • “Vampire of the Apes”: The Unexpected #210 (May 1981), DC Comics
  • “Night of the Chicken”: Vampirella #71 (August 1978), Warren Publishing
  • “Vampires’ Gold”: Weird Mystery Tales #9 (December 1973-January 1974), DC Comics
  • “The Sunken Pearls of Captain ‘Hatch’”: Weird Mystery Tales #10 (February-March 1974), DC Comics
  • “Come Share My Coffin”: Weird Mystery Tales #13 (August-September 1974), DC Comics
  • “Doom on Vampire Mountain”: Weird Mystery Tales #15 (December 1974-January 1975), DC Comics
  • “A Glutton for Punishment”: Weird War Tales #32 (December 1974), DC Comics
  • “Pride of the Master Race”: Weird War Tales #33 (January 1975), DC Comics
  • “The Man Who Would Be God”: Weird War Tales #38 (June 1975), DC Comics
  • “The Voodoo Warrior”: Weird War Tales #46 (May-June 1976), DC Comics
  • “The Gods Themselves”: Weird War Tales #79 (September 1979), DC Comics
  • “An Old Man’s Profession”: Weird War Tales #80 (October 1979), DC Comics
  • “A Balance of Souls”: Weird War Tales #120 (February 1983), DC Comics
  • “Beware of the Snare of the Tarantula”: The Witching Hour #54 (May 1975), DC Comics
  • “Dead Ringer”: The Witching Hour #57 (August 1975), DC Comics
  • “Time to Kill”: The Witching Hour #60 (November 1975), DC Comics
  • “What Can You Get for a Ghoul Who Has Everything?”: The Witching Hour #61 (December 1975-January 1976), DC Comics
  • “Baby Doll Was Deadly”: The Witching Hour #71 (May 1977), DC Comics
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