Writer and artist, Stefano Piani was born in Imola (October 7, 1965). He studied in Bologna, at comic art school "Zio Feininger", following art classes by Andrea Pazienza and Lorenzo Mattotti, and at “Scuola del Fumetto” in Milan. He worked for a while in advertising and as a satirical writer and artist, with Alberto Ostini. In 1995, he became one of the staff writers for Nathan Never, Legs Weaver and Agenzia Alfa.
He also wrote a few stories for Gregory Hunter and several Nick Raider episodes. He currently is a comic book writer (his latest work for Sergio Bonelli Editore is one-shot "Il legionario"), as well as a screenwriter for TV shows.
Born in Rome (July 27,1924), Renato Polese began his career as a comic book artist during the ‘40s, working for "Il Vittorioso", as well as for the British market. He’s been working for Bonelli since 1967, when the publishing house based in Milan still was called Editoriale Cepim. He first drew some episodes of Storia del West, followed by "L’Uomo di Pechino", for the series Un Uomo un’Avventura (1977), and a few albums of Collana Rodeo (1977-78) and Bella & Bronco (1984). While working at the "police procedural" series Nick Raider, written by Nizzi (Polese’s first story was in 1989, "Una minaccia dal passato", by Gino D’Antonio), Polese in 1998 also became one of Mister No artists, in two stories by Stefano Marzorati: "Uomini senza speranza" and "Missione suicida". Renato Polese was the artist for some episodes of Zagor and Ken Parker, as well.
One-shot book "Il legionario", written by Stefano Piani and published by SBE in 2006, features Polese’s art. Dies on may 9th, 2014.
Gino D’Antonio (Milan - March 16th, 1927), has been one of the biggest italian comic book authors and one of the few with a complete skillset, talented both in scripting as in drawing.
He starts his career in the comic book field in 1947 with a series set in Africa, both written and drawn by him: “Jess Dakota”.
Between 1948 and 1949 Gino D’Antonio works for the magazine “Il Vittorioso” and later on, from 1952 to 1954, for the magazine “Pecos Bill”, edited by Guido Martina and Raffaele Paparella, for Mondadori.
The return to “Il Vittorioso” sees D’Antonio at the drawing board, creating the history of King Arthur, written by Mario Leone.
In 1955 he meets Rinaldo D’Ami who introduces D’Antonio to the overseas market, where he works for Fleetway, drawing histories set during war time, later published in Italy by Dardo.
Following Fleetway war stories, the Milan born author adds sporadic collaborations with the magazine “Audace”, where he works on stories of “I Tre Bill” and “El Kid”.
D’Antonio's british period lasts more than ten years, ending in 1966 with the comic book versions of some literature's classics like Charles Dickens' “A Tale of Two Cities”, Jules Verne's “Twenty Thousand leagues under the sea”, and Herman Melville's “Moby Dick”, published between the pages of the “Tell Me Why” magazine.
1967 is the year in which Gino D’Antonio creates the most important (and lengthy) work of his career the “History of the West” (“Storia del West”), published by Sergio Bonelli (at the time called Editoriale Cepim), chronicling the days of the New Frontier as seen thru the eyes of a family of Irish pioneers, the MacDonalds, whose personal stories cross with the historical events of the american eight hundreds.
In this work, D’Antonio is “backed up”, for the graphical part, by great talents from the comic book industry such as Renzo Calegari, Sergio Tarquinio and Renato Polese.
In 1970 he starts working for “Il Giornalino”, a magazine where he creates several characters, like “Susanna”, “Jim Lacy”, “Il soldato Cascella” and, together with Ferdinando Tacconi, a series dedicated to World War Two titled “Men with no Glory”, later published by Edizioni L’Isola Trovata. For Sergio Bonelli Editore, he also sets up a peculiar western project that often shifts towards comedy: “Bella & Bronco”. He works as a scripter and as an artist for several volumes of the series Un Uomo un’Avventura and then, always with Tacconi, he creates the series “Mac lo straniero”, published in the pages of the “Orient Express” magazine.
Between the end of the '80s and the beginning of the '90s he keeps on working for Sergio Bonelli Editore, scripting several stories for “Nick Raider” as well as a “Julia” adventure. In 2006, besides being awarded the Gran Guinigi as Maestro del Fumetto by the jury of Lucca Comics & Games, he completes "Bandidos!", a lengthy volume drawn by Calegari, hitting the newstands in july 2007, and pens a Tex adventure for the 22nd Tex Speciale, with art by Lucio Filippucci, published in 2008. He dies in Milan on December 24th., 2006.
Renzo Calegari was born in Bolzaneto (Genoa) on September 5th., 1933. He starts working in the comic book world with Studio D’Ami and, in 1955, draws "I tre Bill" (written by Gianluigi Bonelli) and "El Kid", together with Gino D’Antonio. He later creates "Big Davy" for Edizioni Araldo, but he becomes officially recognized as master of the western genre with "Storia del West", where he starts working , always with D’Antonio, in 1964. After a brief period of comic book inactivity, due to his focusing on politics, Calegari returns to his beloved West with "Welcome to Springville", a miniseries written by Giancarlo Berardi for "Skorpio", later reprinted in three volumes by L’Isola Trovata (and, more recently, in a volume publisehd by Le Mani). He did other works for the "Orient Express" magazine and with "Il Giornalino", for which Calegari creates the series "Boone" and "Gente di frontiera". For Tex, Calegari debuted with "La ballata di Zeke Colter" (penned by Nizzi), printed on Almanacco del West 1994. His art appears on "Bandidos!", a one-shot published in the summer of 2007 and scripted by Gino D'Antonio.