My favourite comics artists
They are 5 and none of them it’s alive anymore. I’ve never met them in person, but when I find myself in difficulty with a drawing, I read their comics, just as I’ve always kept them as a model for my cartoons.
Jacovitti: the first Master will never be forgotten
I’ve known Benito Jacovitti’s art since elementary school. The Vitt Diary in that period of time was very popular, and I choose it always, as I was passionate about comics and cartoons. If I could go back to that time, I’d like to buy 2 copies: one to use at school, and one to preserve in perfect conditions, for my collections.
The thing that surprised me about Jacovitti’s cartoons was their drama. Situations, that sounded for me as a child hilarious but also dramatical. I was sure that in those cartoons any sort of thing could happen to the characters.
As an adult, I’ve started to buy everything I could find about Jacovitti: a master whom I still follow when I have to draw.
Bonvi: its Nick Carter was love at the first sight
It was at middle school when I casually got my hands on the first coloured book of Nick Carter. A friend of mine gave it to me. I immediately liked him as a comic character: A detective of the 40s that solves cases with two assistants.
The graphic sign appeared grotesque and realistic at the same time in my opinion.
Since then, Nick Carter is my favourite comic character, and he still is. But we will talk about this topic another time.
So, Bonvi (Franco Bovincini) came into my life at that time. And he came back with his Sturmtruppen and later with his other characters.
Schulz: Why it can’t be disliked
I don’t remember when I’ve first seen comic strips of the Peanuts, but I believe it was in the early high school’s years when you could find them in newspapers together with Mafalda and I don’t know who else. It was fun to read about those children that reasoned like adults.
Charles Schulz had a stylized sign, his cartoons are drawn with essential lines, but the stories he made are deep and they will remain in history.
Now as an adult, I am collecting volumes in slipcases and in the original language that Fantagraphics has published: all the chronological strips and every Sunday boards of the Peanuts.
Magnus: a genius of black and white drawing
I was 14 years old when I read for the first time some Alan Ford’s stories. I bought at the newsstand some collections – they were the “3 TNT 3”, comic books that contained the reprint of 3 number,s and the first story I read, I still remember, was “Piano concerto al Centimetropolitan”.
For me, it was something new in comics. A messed up group of secret agents, a grotesque and even more realistic sign than Bonvi’s, a decidedly strong use of black and white, that gave depth and colour to stories.
That was the Alan Ford drawn by Magnus (Roberto Raviola), my favourite among the various artists. As an adult, once again, I began to collect various works of this artist. Collection difficult to finish.
Segar: flavour of ancient comics
Popeye is known thanks to Animated Cartoons. In my times we watched these animated cartoons on TV, and since then I’ve never preferred others: Betty Boop, Duffy Duck, Tom and Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw and many others.
Anyway, Popeye was born as a comic book and he was initially a character that appeared in the strip “Thimble Theater” by Elzie Crisler Segar.
I also started collecting the strips of Segar, which Fantagraphics publishes in large-format cardboard volumes. There I could breathe the ancient comic, that I still prefer and I think it’s purer than the actual comic.