Alfredo Alcala

Alfredo P. Alcala (August 23, 1925 - April 8, 2000) was a Filipino comic book artist, born in Talisay, Negros Occidental in the Philippines.

Alfredo Alcala was born with a creative interest in designing. He was hooked on comic books in his early childhood, and his interest continued throughout his life. He was so compelled with art that he would start drawing pictures and begin posting them in his school's hallways. Alfredo Alcala was so determined to pursue his career in art that he dropped out of school as a young teenager to do so. He first received his break by doing various commercials and painting signs. Later, he began working in an ironworker's shop, designing household materials like lamps, household furnitures and showed his excellence in craftsmanship by designing a church pulpit.

The biggest honor of his childhood came when he started drawing cartoons during the Japanese occupation in World War II. He acted as a spy for the American forces not even having intentions on doing so. Alfredo Alcala would draw pictures and give them to the leader of the American unit which would help them in the war.

By 1990's, his booming career and popularity led him to different projects including drawing animations for films. Alcala also took part with the novel Daddy Cool written by the late Donald Goines, which featureed some of Alcala's artworks. He also worked on the Swamp Thing for DC, which marked his return to the comics business. His contributions spanned on several artistic genres including superheroes, horror, and fantasy.