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Elpidio Torres was born on September 2, 1925 in Tondo, Manila. He was married to Lydia Gatmamitan and had 8 children. He studied Fine Arts at University of the Philippines and started as a free lance artist for Kenkoy komiks and Bulaklak magazine where he illustrated mostly short stories.
When he joined ACE Publications, he teamed-up with Mars Ravelo in creating unforgetable stories like Dyesebel, Bondying, Mambo Dyambo, Eternally, Booma, Jack N Jill and many others. He wrote and illustrated novels like Robina for Redondo komiks and had a weekly episode of Planeta X stories on the same publication.
He came from a clan of artist. His father, was a sculptor, elder brother Jet is a painter/illustrator while the youngest brother Menny, well known for creating Mr. Pid, was a cartoonist. He's favorite Filipino artists were Amorsolo, Botong Francisco and Mauro Malang which greatly influence his very Filipino style of illustrations. Among the foreign artist, he loves Norman Rockwell a lot in fact he has a collection of most of his art works. On all his contemporaries, Nestor Redondo, his kumpare, Alfredo Alcala and Francisco Coching were his favorites.
Aside from komiks illustrations, he has
a great passion for painting.
He died on March 1, 1972.
Biography courtesy of the Elpidio Torres Family