In Memoriam: “GI Joe” artist Hector Garrido

We’re sorry to report the death of Argentinian artist Hector Garrido, perhaps best known for his GI Joe illustrations and memorable book cover art.

Born in 1928, Hector passed away peacefully in his sleep on 19th April 2020, aged 92.

Argentinian by birth, Hector studied art in Buenos Aires but emigrated to the United States when and was professionally active there, beginning in the 1950s. He’s best known to fans of GI Joe for his original artwork that featured on the 1980s-era merchandise packaging.

  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido
  • GI Joe art by Hector Garrido

For book publishers, he painted the covers of numerous SF, Gothic romance, and Thriller and Horror books, including for book series such as The Three Investigators (he painted all the Crimebusters covers), Danny Dunn, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Destroyer (Remo Williams), and The Baroness.

  • The Little People by John Cristopher - art by Hector Garrido
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein - art by Hector Garrido
  • Danny Dunn Explores the Ocean Floor - art by Hector Garrido
  • Five Children and It by E. Nesbit - art by Hector Garrido
  • Rommany by Florence Hurd - art by Hector Garrido
  • Romance novel cover  - art by Hector Garrido
  • Covers for "The Baroness" series - art by Hector Garrido
  • Astronauts - a 1968 TIME Magazine cover - art by Hector Garrido

Perhaps most notably in the horror genre, he painted the iconic covers for TM Wright‘s Strange Seed/ Children series.

Hector, who went into semi-retirement in 2000, painting devotional subjects, was also a TIME Magazine cover artist, and a number of these, including his work, “Astronauts” featuring the Apollo 8 crew published in 1968, is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

For much of his career, he also created collector plates for the Bradford Exchange. His plate “Our Lady of Lourdes” sold over one million copies.

Our sympathies to Hector’s family and friends at this time.

Hector Garrido – Flickr

This site featuring Hector’s art will continue, and any proceeds from sale of Hector’s original artwork available for sale – which does not include his GI Joe commissions or book art, all now sold – will go to his family, as they had previously. Check back from time to time for new artwork. As the site is maintained for free by a friend of his, there is still original artwork waiting to be photographed and posted

Art by Hector Garrido in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Hector Garridio: Wikipedia

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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