• 1961

    Vita dura per gli sceriffi

    Another short humorous tale that appeared as an appendix to Zagor. The protagonist is a certain Teddy Noccol who, upon reaching Okay-baby City, is inexplicably elected sheriff but… there is a plot afoot! The artwork is by Raffaele Cormio.

  • 1961

    Yor

    With a script by Cesare Solini and artwork by Carlo Cossio, Yor is an oversized boy in a T-shirt, an improbable descendant of the ancient Incas. Likeable and powerfully built, he is accompanied on his Amazon adventures by the faithful jaguar Kis

  • 1961

    Zagor

    The son of Lieutenant Wilding, an official of the American army who had withdrawn to live in the forest of the North-Eastern United States (the story is set in the first half of the nineteenth-century), Zagor sees his parents die, killed by a band of Abenakis guided by a fanatic called Salomon Kinsky. Miraculously surviving the slaughter, the boy is rescued by an odd vagrant, named Wandering Fitzy. The young Wilding (who, we later find out, is called Patrick), grows up living the rough life of a trapper, but in his mind there exists only one thought: revenge! But when he eventually has the opportunity to obtain revenge, he finds out that his father had likewise been a slaughterer of Indians. Thus his mounting awareness of the relativity of the concepts of Good, Evil and Justice leads him to transform himself, aided by a family of entertainers and acrobats, into Za-Gor-Te-Nay, the Spirit with the Hatchet (or Zagor, for short), a sort of avenger always ready to side with the weak and the oppressed, whether they be black or white, terrifying his adversaries with his awful war cry. After setting up his base on an small island surrounded by quicksands, in a marshy area of the imaginary forest of Darkwood (through which he sometimes travels by leaping from one tree to another, holding on to lianas), Zagor begins the task of pacification in the company of the friendly Mexican Cico (Felipe Cayetano Lopez Martinez y Gonzalez), a comic supporting character who fulfils the function of relieving the tension in dramatic situations and making the stories more attractive to read. The main aim of our pot-bellied and self-styled hidalgo is to satisfy his boundless appetite, an activity that gets him caught up in innumerable escapades. By cleverly blending elements from various other characters (from Tarzan to the Phantom, not disdaining Robin Hood and Don Quixote, the author Guido Nolitta (the pseudonym, as we have seen, of the publisher Sergio Bonelli) has put together a product that has proven extremely enjoyable for comic strip readers and is also much appreciated for the quality of the adventures experienced by the protagonist. This comic series still attracts the attention of a very wide readership today, partly thanks to the variety of situations and type of stories, which range from the pure western to the horror genre and even to the fantastic. The artwork for this series is by the Ligurian illustrator Gallieno Ferri, whose powerful strokes, conveying swiftness and decisive force, has become a veritable hallmark of the Zagor stories.

  • 1962

    Capitan Tuono

    A short tale that appeared as an appendix to "Un ragazzo nel Far West", written with the usual masterly verve by G. L. Bonelli and illustrated with precision and elegance by Angelo Platania, an illustrator who was very well known in the Forties. The main protagonist of this tale is the likeable Capitan Tuono, together with his two assistants, the lively Doppio Whisky and Tom, who is black. In their first adventure, our heroes (who travel up the Mississipi on their boat, the Susannah), help a young couple to escape from a gang of outlaws.

  • 1962

    I tre Marines

    Here we find the heroic-comical adventures of three likeable marines, who are trying to retrieve a load of gold from the bottom of Ensenada bay, in Mexico. The artwork is by Vladimiro Missaglia. The story, which ran to no more than a few dozen pages and appeared as an appendix to the strip edition of Tex, was begun by Sergio Bonelli, who later passed it to the script-writer Ennio Missaglia, by whom it was completed.

  • 1963

    Il giudice Bean

    The Giudice Bean stories - a brief and rather unusual series that tell the adventures of the legendary judge who defined himself as "the only law west of Pecos", of the judge's grand-son Danny and his fat pard Sam - was actually Guido Nolitta's first experience in the guise of a script-writer, despite its date of publication. As you all know by now, Nolitta is actually the publisher Sergio Bonelli, who decided to use a nom-de-plume in order to avoid mix-ups and mistaken identities (I didn't want my father, G. L. Bonelli, with all his years of work and professional expertise, to be mistaken for a mere beginner", ipse dixit). In any case, after a period of training and practice (of which "Il Giudice Bean" represents an example), Sergio Bonelli's talent blossomed, and he achieved enormous success with characters such as Zagor and Mister No, to cite only the most important ones. In "Il Giudice Bean", a special feature was the fine illustrations by Sergio Tarquinio.

  • 1963

    Ringo

    A short tale (just one album) whose protagonist is a lone gunman working on the margins of the law (which, however, he never over-steps). Called "The Man with the Axe" or "The Man who walks in the Night" by the Indians, Jimmy Ringo is a character created by G. L. Bonelli, graphically rendered by the never failing hand of Emilio Uberti.

  • 1964

    Lobo Kid

    During the War of Secession, a group of bandits disguised as Yankee soldiers launch an attack on the Clayton estate, killing its owners. Only the young Larry survives, thanks to the help of the Comanche Yagor, to whom he had temporarily offered hospitality. After growing up among the Indians, Larry returns to the world of the white man to punish his uncle Fred, who masterminded the bloodbath. The script by G. L. Bonelli is as exciting as ever, and is brilliantly supported by Loredano Ugolini's highly personal style of illustration. The adventure, which remained incomplete in the first publication (as an appendix to the new Furio series), was completed by Glauco Verozzi on the occasion of the reprinting of the Collana Rodeo. The forced happy ending prevented Larry Clayton from becoming (as had been planned) a "desperado" called… Lobo Kid!

  • 1964

    Oliver Bold

    Published as an appendix to Il Piccolo Ranger, this English production had splendid illustrations by the great Dino Battaglia, whose particularly inspired rendering offered a wealth of pictorial detail. Having inherited from his uncle the command of the Orsa Bianca, a pirate ship that tormented the Spanish fleet, Oliver Bold decided to use his ship to free the slaves held prisoner by the Bey of Algeria. At his side, throughout his adventures, was a large man called Big Luke.

  • 1965

    Magnus

    In a future in which robots have taken over the reins of power, during a period of lethargy and absent-mindedness of the human race - the latter having become too used to letting the automata get on with everything - we come upon Magnus, a young man educated by 1A, a sort of "philosopher" robot that is against the tyrannical rule of its fellow-robots. Trained by 1A to fight against the automata, Magnus has the ability to mentally sense the robots' radio messages in his mind, and he has hands which, thanks to intensive karate lessons, are even capable of destroying steel. His adventures struggling against all sorts of wicked robots, written by Paul Newman and graphically portrayed with splendid illustrations by a particularly effective Russ Manning, appeared in the pages of the seventeen Collana Oceano albums, published at first by the Editrice Junior press and later by Edizioni Araldo. As an appendix to this series, another science fiction series (again an American production, and also illustrated by Russ Manning) is worth noting: "Aliens", based on the meeting between a terrestrial space ship and one manned by aliens.

  • 1965

    Doctor Solar

    As he is studying the possibility of converting energy into matter, Doctor Solar gets exposed to atomic radiation, but instead of killing him, this transforms him into an "atomic man" endowed with incredible powers. His adversary is the mysterious Nuro, whose face we never see. Published in the Collana Oceano (in alternation with Magnus), this series of American origin was created by Mike Fijima and was composed with the assistance, among others, of the script-writer Paul Newman and the illustrators Frank Bolle and Bon Fujitani.

  • 1966

    Il Comandante Mark

    A French merchant vessel sinks off the Atlantic coast of North America, and only a boy and an old man survive. Given a fraternal welcome by the Indians, the pair live with them for many years. Growing up with the name of Mark and called "Wolf" by the Native Americans, the hero of this series, in adulthood, embraces the causes of the American rebels in their struggle against the English domination. A large number of colonists cluster around him, all eager to fight the hated Redcoats, and they set up a sort of small irregular army that becomes known as the "Lupi dell'Ontario" ['Ontario Wolves'], commanded by the courageous Mark. The protagonist is surrounded by several interesting supporting figures: the pessimist Gufo Triste, the massive Mister Bluff and Marks' eternal fiancée, Betty. But the dog Flok deserves a special mention as one of the most successful comic elements of these stories. The series, whose reprints are achieving notable success even today, was a creation of the team Giovanni Sinchetto/Dario Guzzon/Pietro Sartoris, the famous EsseGesse trio who were by now highly experienced. Its enduring popularity shows that a well orchestrated product of constant quality is a perfect recipe for long-lasting popularity.

  • 1966

    Alan Mistero

    A hero with fiery red hair, an expert at disguises and an infallible marksman, Alan Mistero saw the light in a series of weekly albums published by his creators, the trio Sartoris-Sinchetto-Guzzon, better known as EsseGesse. The series later reappeared, published by the Araldo press, as an appendix to Il Comandante Mark. In line with the habitual canons of its authors, the likeable avenger was flanked in his adventures by two"comic relief chracters": the sophisticated Conte and the greedy Polpetta.

  • 1966

    Gun Flint

    Nominated special agent for the repression of banditry in the West by President Lincoln himself, Gun Flint, in the company of a friendly tramp called Dakota, decides to continue his mission even after the president's assassination, thus turning into a wandering avenger. Written by Maurizio Torelli, this brief saga (which appeared as an appendix to Il Comandante Mark) was at first illustrated by Franco Bignotti, whose work was then continued by Enzo Magni (better known as the pictorial portrayer of the character of Pantera Bionda), when the title of the series was changed to Gun Jim.

  • 1966

    Red Buck

    A short series reflecting the atmosphere of the famous book "North-West Passage" (the protagonist's nickname, Wobi Madaondo, White Devil, was also taken over from the main character of the book). In North America prior to the War of Independence, we find Red Buck, a very skillful border-man, and the funny Ulisse, of French origin, who fulfils the role of comic relief. With scripts by Cesare Melloncelli and the graphic rendering of Sergio Tarquinio, this character appeared in issues nr. 3 and 4 of the Nuova Collana Araldo.

  • 1967

    Collana Rodeo

    The Collana Rodeo set of publications has the great merit (which could without exaggeration be called "historic", at least in the framework of Italian comics) of having presented some of the best comics ever published in Italy. In addition to the grandiose Storia del West (which will be described in further detail below), the Collana Rodeo albums included the reprints of some cult stories (such as Gordon Jim, Il Sergente York, Un ragazzo nel Far West) and a number of stories never published before. Among the latter, several rather unusual albums created by G. L. Bonelli deserve a special note. First and foremost, the science fiction story Judok, a sort of "Tex in Space", wonderfully illustrated by Giovanni Ticci, and then the fine detective series "Rick Master", whose protagonist is a likeable late nineteenth-century American detective, for which the artwork was created initially by Letteri and then later by Tarquinio. Turning to other stories, an interesting case among previously unpublished characters is that of Joselito, written and illustrated by Armando Monasterolo. Joselito Herralde is a young torero who, together with the likeable journalist Nick Dundee, finds himself caught up willy-nilly in the Mexican revolution. The series with Joselito as the protagonist continued for a total of seven issues. The Collana Rodeo also featured a number of extremely interesting stories that were self-contained within a single album. Here are a few of the most significant examples: "Il mestiere di spia", a spy story written by Andrea Mantelli and illustrated by Roberto Diso,; "L'esploratore scomparso", an album drawing its inspiration from the search for Livingstone, written by Decio Canzio and illustrated by Alfio Ticci; "Wyatt Doyle", a western story with a script by Giancarlo Berardi and artwork by Giovanni Forgiarini; "Requiem per un legionario", also by Andrea Mantelli, with artwork by Renato Polese. Worthy of note is also the story "L'astronave perduta", a wonderful science fiction adventure, written by Giorgio Pezzin and illustrated by Luigi Corteggi, who for years was the highly competent art-director of Sergio Bonelli Editore. To conclude, two final citations: the stories "La ferita da un milione" and "Guadalcanal", both of which appeared as an appendix to the reprint of Yuma Kid, illustrated by the great Hugo Pratt and written by the Argentinean script-writer Hector Oesterheld.

  • 1967

    Storia del West

    Young Brett MacDonald, arriving in America towards the beginning of the nineteenth century, takes part in the famous Lewis and Clark expedition which made its way through the uncharted lands of North America and eventually reached the shores of the Pacific Ocean, opening up the West to the thousands of adventurers who would radiate outwards to conquer new territory. After meeting and marrying the Indian girl Sicaweja, Brett decides to stay in the unspoilt lands of the West. The couple later die in the siege of Alamo, leaving a son, Pat, who, together with his own children, eventually becomes the focal point of all the salient events of this epic saga of the Far West. A saga which, in this comic strip version , appeared for the first time as part of the Collana Rodeo, subdivided into seventy-three highly exciting episodes. Brought to its conclusion in 1980, the series was reprinted in 1984 in a new version, which presented all the original episodes, revised and corrected, as well as two entirely new stories (at the beginning of the great saga), thereby giving greater scope to historical events that had previously been treated somewhat superficially. The aim of this complex historical fresco - an aim which it most certainly accomplished - was to offer a fuller and truer picture, albeit within the limits posed by fictional narration, of an era that both the world of comics and cinema usually address (or rather, used to address) in a fairly superficial and convention manner (at times, even with a partisan spirit). The script for the entire work was composed by Gino D'Antonio, while the artwork was contributed by some of the most highly skilled Italian professional illustrators, including D'Antonio himself, Renzo Calegari, Renato Polese, Sergio Tarquinio, Giorgio Trevisan and the Spaniard Luis Bermejo.