Sonny Trinidad

Celso L. "Sonny" Trinidad (died November 23, 2009)[1] was a Filipino comics artist who worked in the Filipino and American comic book industries. In the U.S., he is mostly known for his work for Marvel Comics in the mid–1970s.

Sonny Trinidad
BornCelso L. Trinidad
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Died(2009-11-29)November 29, 2009
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Area(s)Penciller, Inker
Awards"Best Serial Illustrator", "Best Novel Illustration Fantasy" KOMOPEB Parangal sa Komiks (1984)


Trinidad began his professional career as an assistant for the "Dean of Philippine comics," Francisco Coching, and Trinidad's style bore a similarity to Choching's.[2] Trinidad's first professional credits included illustrating novelist Marcial Buanno’s Guido Mortal and Arkong Bato in the late 1960s.[3]

Trinidad co-created the Filipino superheroes El Gato (with writer Mike Tan)[4] and Inday sa Balitaw (with writer Pablo S. Gomez).

Along with a number of other Filipino comics creators in the 1970s, Trinidad found work in the American comics industry, initially for DC Comics on such titles as The Witching Hour, House of Mystery, The Unexpected, and Weird Western Tales.[5]

It was in the U.S. that he began using the pen name "Sonny" Trinidad. When he moved to Marvel Comics in 1974, he was given the moniker "Slammin' Sonny Trinidad" in the "Bullpen Bulletins".[6] Trinidad supplied full art or inks over other artists (frequently John Romita Sr. and John Buscema) on horror titles such as Vampire Tales (Morbius the Living Vampire stories written by Doug Moench), Dracula Lives!, Marvel Chillers, and The Son of Satan, as well as fantasy and adventure titles like Skull the Slayer, The Savage Sword of Conan, and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. Other highlights of Trinidad's tenure at Marvel included "Hellfire Helix Hex!," written by John Warner, for Marvel Presents #2 (Dec. 1975); in addition, Trinidad inked the feature story (written by Bill Mantlo and penciled by Tom Sutton) in Man From Atlantis #1 (Feb. 1978).[7]

Trinidad was often hired to do adaptations. One of his biggest commissions was the black-and-white magazine one-shot Marvel Movie Premiere, which featured his and writer Marv Wolfman's adaptation of the 1975 movie The Land That Time Forgot.[8] With writer Roy Thomas and penciler John Buscema, Trinidad adapted Robert E. Howard's "The Pool of the Black One" in Savage Sword of Conan #22–23 (Sept.–Oct. 1977). And with writer Doug Moench, Trinidad adapted H. G. Wells' The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth for Marvel Classics Comics #22 (1977).[7]

By around 1990, Trinidad had returned to the world of Filipino komiks, with contributions to the horror comic book Holiday (a.k.a. Zuriga). In 1995, Trinidad supplied painted covers for the short-lived series Lastikman Komiks.

Trinidad was diagnosed with cancer in December 2008 and died about a year later. He was survived by his wife, Natalia; daughters, Nacel and Cherry; and son, Norman.


Sonny Trinidad was honored as "Best Serial Illustrator" and "Best Novel Illustration Fantasy" for KOMOPEB Parangal sa Komiks (1984)[2]


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  1. ^ Hatcher, Greg (November 26, 2009). "R.I.P. Sonny Trinidad". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on December 31, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Alanguilan, Gerry (November 24, 2009). "Sonny Trinidad Passes Away". Komikero Dot Com. Archived from the original on October 26, 2016. Hal Santiago reports that Filipino Komiks Illustrator Sonny Trinidad has passed away yesterday, November 23, 2009.
  3. ^ Lapena, Carmela G. (December 31, 2009). "In memoriam: 2009 was a year of great loss in RP". Quezon City, The Philippines: GMA News and Public Affairs. Archived from the original on October 31, 2016.
  4. ^ "Sonny Trinidad". Lambiek Comiclopedia. July 23, 2010. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  5. ^ Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Trinidad, Sonny". Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Bullpen Bulletins" Marvel Comics cover-dated December 1974.
  7. ^ a b Sonny Trinidad at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Friedt, Stephan (July 2016). "Marvel at the Movies: The House of Ideas' Hollywood Adaptations of the 1970s and 1980s". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (89): 59–60.

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