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HECTOR GARRIDO

He could capture a damsel in distress as good as any of them, yet when it came to creating spooky atmospheres or action-based themes, Hector Garrido was always front and center. While there seems to be limited information about this well-rounded illustrator, Garrido's career was known to be active between through the years 1965 to 1995. Many of Garrido's most revered paintings were commissioned for Gothic romance and tense spy novels, his works having graced the covers of notable writers like Helen MacInnes and Mary Roberts Rinehart. Between 1974 and 75, Garrido made a distinctive mark by establishing the look and feel of Paul Kenyon's ultimate female superspy The Baroness. Garrido created eight covers for the popular series, and would help to define the early years of dominant feminist action characters. Garrido would take this fortunate step further when he landed a special gig with Hasbro Toys. He was hired by Hasbro in the early 1980s to help define the look of several G.I. Joe characters for their advanced toy packaging. Garrido's illustrations were colorful and bold, characters worthy of any comic book cover. While Garrido was under contract with Hasbro, he was able to revisit his popular Baroness character, only this time she was made into a villain working directly for Cobra Command. How ironic it must have been for Garrido to echo his landmark character and transform her into a dubious global villain. Aside from his steady work in the publishing and toy industry, Garrido was one of those rare illustrators who could seamlessly manage any genre. He was a gifted in horror, science fiction, and many other variables. His works appeared on countless bestsellers, to include novels by Richard Matheson and Dan Simmons, as well as Warren Murphy's long-running thriller series The Destroyer. Though he was never a household name, Hector Garrido remains one of the most respected names in the industry. His unique style and consistent approach earned him a special place in the hearts of children and adults alike. It is unknown whether Garrido is still an active painter, let alone still alive, but his clever characters and paintings are sorely missed. Wherever you are Hector, thank you for your stellar contributions to the silent world we all take for granted. God Bless you…