Manuel Summers, 58, Spanish film director and popular cartoonist, died June 12 in Seville, Spain, of colon cancer.
Summers first scored in 1963 with his widely acclaimed “Del Rosa al Amarillo” (From Rose-Colored to Yellow), a two-part story about youth and old age.
In 1966, his offbeat “Juguetes Rotos” (Broken Toys), a docudrama about famous personages who wound up on Skid Row, won recognition but his most popular and commercial pic was the 1971 “Adios, Ciguena, Adios” (Goodbye, Stork, Goodbye), a humorous yarn about teenagers who fall in love against their parents’ wishes.
After the death of Franco in 1975, Summers made several sexploitation films (“Ya Soy Mujer,””Primer Pecado”). Other films include: “Todo e Mundo Er Gueno, “”La Biblia En Pasta” and the 1980 English film “Fast Angels.” His last two pix, 1987’s “Sufre Mamon” and 1988’s “Sueltate El Pelo,” were made with his son David , leader of the musical group Hombres G.
Summers’ was cartoons were published in Spanish newspapers and mags such as Pueblo, La Codorniz and most recently the Madrid daily ABC. Several of his cartoon selections were published as books.