Ric Estrada was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to New York City in his late teens sponsored by his journalist uncle Sergio Carbo and his uncle's friend novelist Ernest Hemingway, who encouraged him to pursue an art career. He studied drawing, color and design at the New York Art Students League and fiction writing at New York University and the New School for Social Research.
Ric has worked in every facet of cartooning, commercial art, journalism and story writing for Standard Publications, Hillman, St. John, Ted Bates Advertising, Ziff Davis, McGraw Hill, Doubleday, D.C. Comics-Warner Communications, etc. He art directed and illustrated the Famous Artists Course for Talented Young People, contributed to the Famous Writers and Famous Photographers Courses and has done animation storyboarding and directing for Hannah-Barbera, Warner Brothers, Sony/Columbia-Tri Star, Universal and DreamWorks among others. For a brief period of time, he did political cartooning and celebrity interviews for the Spandauer Volksblatt in West Berlin and the Jerusalem Times in Jerusalem. Some of his comic book contributions are romance stories for St. John Publications and D.C. Comics plus two years of Wonder Woman and one year of Amethyst Princess of Gemworld for D.C. Comics.
Ric is a recipient of the coveted Inkpot Award for Lifetime Achievement in comics and the Hall of Fame Award from the Big Five War Comic Book Collectors Association.
Ric and his wife Loretta
have been married for thirty-one years and are the parents of eight children.
Ric has one daughter from a previous marriage. Ric has lived and worked
in London, Copenhagen, Paris, Athens, the Greek Islands, Jerusalem and
West Berlin. He's crossed Turkey, the Syrian Desert and Palestine mostly
on foot and traveled in North Africa, Spain and the Sahara Desert. Though
Ric thinks of New York and the Los Angeles area as home, he and his family
currently live in Santa Clara, Utah. He and his wife are active members
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Saints where Ric holds the office
of high priest. In his work, even in war stories, Ric tries to reflect
his devotion to his ideals of compassion, justice and ... joy!
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