1997

I grandi comici del fumetto

I grandi comici del fumetto

Comics with the Bonelli griffe are famously a synonym of Adventure, and therefore of realistic stories, in which humor is an accessory element, even though it may at times act as a fundamental basis for the stories (as in the case of Zagor, Mark and Dylan Dog). Therefore this publication, with its emphasis on all that is comical and humorous in the Bonelli comics, occupies an important position in the history of the Buonarroti Street Publishing House. For not only is "I grandi comici del fumetto" extremely attractive as a publishing product (with full color annual albums), but it is also the expression of a highly significant project: that of hosting cartoonists who have turned smiling into a genuine mission. In line with this approach, the great master Benito Jacovitti was invited to preside over its inauguration, and for this occasion Jacovitti created "Cocco Bill diquaedilà", a crazy extravaganza surfing through the commonplaces of the western genre, in the company of the very popular cowboy who will only drink camomile tea. The unforgettable Jac "Lisca di Pesce" was followed by other celebrated names of made-in-Italy illustrated humor: in 1998 and 1999 Bonvi and Giorgio Cavazzano respectively wrote and illustrated "La città" (a blend of weird and mysterious stories set in the urban jungle of our own days, with its metropolitan tentacles closing in around us), and then "Maledetta galassia!", a science fictional trip into deep space, amid ominous alien entities and surprising discoveries. In the year 2000, the guest of honor was Antonio Terenghi who, with scripts by Alfredo Castelli, re-staged his ultra-famous Pedrito El Drito, the long-moustached sheriff, over whose unbridled passion for alcoholic beverages his strict wife Paquita tries in vain to gain control.