Science fiction

Science fiction

By Maurizio Colombo


Creature from the Black Lagoon.

In this case, Sergio’s favorites were classic movies that hadn’t any technological or futuristic features, and could be labeled as "fantasy-adventurous". Many of the monsters that Sergio Bonelli had seen on the silver screen later appeared in the comics he wrote.

For instance, Jack Arnold’s Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – set in the Amazon in the same years when Mister No was living there – whose slimy amphibious mutant will become one of Zagor’s foes; the alien monoliths from The Monolith Monsters (1957), by John Sherwood, appear in other classic story of the Darkwood King, Odissea americana; the big, bad spider from Tarantula (1955), also directed by Jack Arnold, is the inspiration for the horrible giant cockroaches that Mister No faces in the episode I giorni del terrore. Even some shabby B-movies like The Alligator People (1959), directed by Roy Del Ruth, had a cozy place in Sergio’s heart.