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April 14, 1932 |
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Torres was friends with artist Al Williamson in the early 1950s and occasionally assisted him on work for EC Comics with fellow artists Frank Frazetta and Roy Krenkel (known as the Fleagle Gang). The story which was to be Torres' first solo EC story, "An Eye for an Eye" in Incredible Science Fiction #33 (Jan.-Feb. 1956), was rejected by the Comics Code and did not see print for the first time until 1971.
When the E.C. comics line failed after the enforcement of the Comics Code, Torres (and several other E.C. alumni) went to Atlas Comics (later to be known as the Marvel Comics Group) and drew a number of short stories for their mystery titles in 1956-57, titles such as Astonishing, Spellbound, Uncanny Tales, Marvel Tales and many others.
From October, 1969 until April 2005 he drew the satires of contemporary U.S. television shows (and later movies) as the penultimate feature in Mad magazine (whereas Mort Drucker drew the movie parodies in its opening portions).
He was named #61 in Atomic Comics' (retailer) list of The Top 100 Artists of American Comic Books.
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Comics work includes:
- Piracy #1-2 (inks, EC Comics, Oct/Nov 1954)
- Creepy #1-5, 7, 10-13 (Warren Publishing, 1964–1966)
- Mad #130-213, 288, 300 (October 1968-March 1980, December 1988, January 1991)
- Creepy Archives Volume 3 (Dark Horse Books, June 2009), p. 150.
- The Top 100 Artists of American Comic Books: Numbers 50-61