Ernie Chan who used to be Ernie Chua, changed it legally when he became a US citizen in 1976.

He was 20 when he begun doing comics in his native Philippines. He migrated to America when he turned 30 in 1970.

At DC Comics, he got the break doing mystery short stories then later got assigned to penciling Batman for two years. Ernie also did a lot of covers aside from working on other characters such as Claw, Sandman, Swampthing, Jonah Hex and others.

At Marvel Comics, he had worked on Dr. Strange, Dracula, Daredevil, Doc Savage, Thor, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Powerman and Iron Fist, King Kull, John Carter of Mars and others, but his longest stint on Conan is where he is best known.

In the 1990's he had dabbled in computer designs and TV and movie animation. Ernie Chan retired in 2002. He now keeps himself busy doing art he likes and sells them online and at comic conventions. He is currently accepting art commissions. He travels often to China, where he finds tranquility and contentment.