Mar Amongo

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Mar Amongo
Born (1936-10-09)October 9, 1936
Santa Cruz, Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Died August 10, 2005(2005-08-10) (aged 68)
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Area(s) Artist
Pseudonym(s) Jo Amongo

Mar Amongo (October 9, 1936 – August 10, 2005)[1] was a Filipino comics artist and illustrator.

Amongo was born in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines. After studying with cartoonist Nestor Redondo, he had a fruitful career illustrating komiks in his native country.

In 1971, DC Comics editor-in-chief Carmine Infantino and editor Joe Orlando traveled to the Philippines on a recruiting trip for artists.[2] Amongo, Alfredo Alcala, Ernie Chan, Alex Niño, Nestor Redondo, and Gerry Talaoc were some of the Filipino artists who went on to work for DC, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.

From 1983 to 1994, he worked as an illustrator in the Middle East.

On his return to comics, the Philippine government commissioned him to do some murals, which he adapted from one of Paul Twitchell's books on Eckankar.[3][4]

Amongo died on August 10, 2005, at age 68, in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.


  1. Lentz, Harris M. (2006). Obituaries In The Performing Arts, 2005. McFarland & Co. p. 8. ISBN 0-7864-2489-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Duncan, Randy and Smith, Matthew J. "Filipino Artists," The Power of Comics: History, Form & Culture (Continuum, 2009).
  3. MAR AMONGO: Filipino Comics Illustrator. The Philippine Comics Art Museum
  4. Mar Amongo and the Komikero Anniversary, Sunday, August 29, 2004, by Gerry Alanguilan