Ernesto “Ernie” Chan was a Chinese-American comic artist, born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1970. Ernie Chan was born Ernie Chua due to what he called “a typographical error on my birth certificate that I had to use until I had a chance to change it to ‘Chan’ when I got my [U.S.] citizenship in ’76.”
He is particularly known for his work on the Marvel Comics version of Conan the Barbarian, although he has also worked for other publishers such as DC Comics. He studied with John Buscema, and also worked with him as the inker on Conan during the 1970s. He inked the art of John’s brother Sal on The Incredible Hulk.
Later, Chan pencilled several issues of Conan and Doctor Strange, and worked on Kull the Destroyer in 1977 and Power Man in the 1980s. For DC Comics, he did the Claw the Unconquered series. Chan was also a cover artist, being the “go-to guy” for DC covers during the 1970s.
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