(written from a Production point of view)
Alcala broke into the comics industry in his native Philippines when he started drawing cartoons during the Japanese occupation in World War II. This led to work with the largest publisher in the country, Ace Publications, a couple of years later. In 1963, he created the comic series Voltar. This led to work for DC Comics in the early 1970s, and by the end of the decade, he was living in New York City. Over the next decade he worked on titles including Star Wars, Conan the Barbarian, and Don Newton's Batman.
His career led him to film and television animation including James Bond, Jr.
Alcala died of cancer in Los Angeles, California, in 2000.