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Kim San-ho

Born( 1982-02-12 ) February 12, 1982 (age 38) Cheonan , South Chungcheong Province , South Korea
EducationSeoul Institute of the Arts - Theater Korea Arts Institute - Musical Acting
Years active2003-present
AgentThe People Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim San-ho
McCune-ReischauerKim San-ho

Kim San-ho was Korean manhwa artist, who regularly worked for US comic books. While most Korean comics of 1960s were based on sad themes, Kim San-ho stood out for his science fiction and adventure comics. He grew up during Korean War, and made his first comic strip, called 'Mr. Manhong', for Busan newspaper while in refugee camp. After having studied Western painting at Seorabeol Art in Seoul, Kim San-ho started his career in Comics with 'The brilliant Twilight Star' in 1958. He had his breakthrough with sci-fi bestseller 'Lifi, Fighter of Justice' in 1959, that was great morale boost during period of economic distress after Korean War. With his rich imagination in science fiction genre, he further created fascinating universe of his 'Rhye Pye' series between 1961 and 1967. He subsequently drew comics in genres, such as Western, adventure, crime, and war stories. In 1966, he moved to United States, where he began his own publishing house. He also served as Art director of magazines Off and Village Times. In 1969, he started for American comic books. He was popular artist for Charlton Comics, starting with publication in January 1969 issue of 'Fightin Marines'. He then illustrates for comic books like 'Billy Kid', 'Cheyenne Kid', 'The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves', ' Ghost Manor', 'Ghostly Haunts', 'Ghostly Tales' and 'Haunted'. He was also vital in comic books published during Kung-fu hype of 1970s, most notably Charlton's 'House of Yang', about 19th century martial arts artist, and Marvel's 'Deadly Hands of Kung Fu'. In 1973, he published graphic novel 'The Sword and Maiden' with Michael Juliar at Iron Horse Publishing. He also contributed stories with Asian influences and settings to horror magazines by Warren Publishing, Skywald Publications and Marvel Comics. First Manhwa Artist To Be Published In USA, Kim San-ho Returned To South Korea In 1996. He continues his Comics career in his home country with historical works like 'Daejusinjeguksa', 'The Duman River' and 'The Story of Bouddha', Comics in which he combines Western painting with Comic Art.

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