1994

Ken Parker Magazine

Ken Parker Magazine

There are some characters that seem to enjoy eternal youth and who, despite floundering in deep water in terms of their sales track record, never let their trusting and affectionate public down. Ken Parker is one of these. After the official "Bonellian" cycle was closed in 1984, the fair-haired scout invented by Berardi & Milazzo was sporadically offered hospitality in container-journals, until 1992, when a small Press managed by Parker's own creators devoted the Ken Parker Magazine to this hero. It was a large-sized monthly publication in which there appeared not only the new Ken Parker adventures but also comic strips by other authors, and, additionally, articles, essays and prose stories. In 1994, Ken Parker Magazine was taken over by Sergio Bonelli Editore, so that Lungo Fucile finally "returned home". Enhanced by an enriched and rejuvenated graphic apparatus, the journal broadened its scope, proposing, among other things, short unpublished tales interpreted by the best-known heroes of the Bonelli "stables" (Tex, Dylan Dog, Mister No, Martin Mystère, Nathan Never…) and interesting profiles of the different literary genres (thrillers and detective stories, science fiction, the western, exotic adventures…). When, in 1996, having reached its thirty-sixth issue, the Magazine was compelled to abandon its (too few) readers, Ken would not give up and emigrated onto the pages of two new collections according to the usual Bonelli pattern: Ken Parker Collezione - which presented the complete Ken Parker stories that had previously been published in installments in Ken Parker Magazine - and Ken Parker Speciale, which presented totally new and complete adventures every six months, containing no fewer than 180 pages about the tormented character. But in January 1998, even Ken Parker Speciale had to be pensioned off: but those who know Ken and love him shouldn't worry, because they are well aware that Lungo Fucile has a thousand lives, and that sooner or later he will once more set off on his journeys across that crepuscular West of which he was a pioneer!