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Antonio Hernandez Palacios (1921 · 2000), was a Spanish painter and cartoonist, creator of the series Manos Kelly and El Cid, among others.
He was born in Madrid in 1921 and trained at the School of Fine Arts in San Fernando, where he received classes from Vázquez Díaz, along with other artists such as Jorge Oteiza, Pedro Mozos and Francisco Cossio.
The Civil War interrupted its race and to its term began in the illustration of cinematographic posters that gave to him a great dominion of the plastic space and a certain tendency to the monumentality.
He will also draw some comic strips, such as the two chapters of El Capitan Maravillas (Valenciana, 1943) . However, most of his professional life went through these years, and until the late 1960s, working in the advertising field, where he arrived To achieve great prestige and renown.
He was tired of an activity that was too demanding at times and was very routine, and influenced by the new theatrical currents that arrived from the other side of the Pyrenees, Hernandez Palacios decided to turn his glance back to the world of the comic strip, Which had already transited before in a rather sporadic way. In this way, he prepared a few plates of three possible series that dealt with the police (Nuri Evans), historical (El Cid) and western (Manos Kelly) themes and presented them to Trinca magazine, which had just appeared in Spanish publishing market.
It was from that moment, 1970, when his work began to be better known. In Trinca, the titles of Manos Kelly and El Cid were published, as well as a new series (The Pay of the Soldier), all characterized by a spectacular and opulent drawing, well above the level of their scripts.
These works in Trinca opened the doors to him of the European market and in 1974 began to draw the series of the west Mac Coy for the French publisher Dargaud, title that would have to be published in Spain by Grijalbo and of which got to realize 21 albums.
Parallel to this western, he carries out several works for the Ikusager Images' History Pictures collection, beginning in the middle of the political transition a series on the Spanish Civil War that he had planned to develop in about twenty volumes, of which only four (1979), Rio Manzanares (1979), 1936, Euskadi in flames (1981) and Gorka Gudari (1987). For the same publisher, Roncesvalles (1980) - a superb historical fresco on the mythical defeat inflicted on the army of the Frankish King Charlemagne concludes La toma de Coimbra (1982), the third album in his series El Cid, which he had left unfinished in The magazine Trinca by the closing of this one. In 1984 he would perform The Crusade of Barbastro, the fourth and last album of this same series, which was also intended for many volumes and was equally unfinished when the author died.