A large exhibition with 140 original story boards, drawings, unpublished and never before seen illustrations and documents, a book and a film: all to remember and rediscover Magnus, the nom de plum of Roberto Raviola, one of the greatest Italian comic authors, upon the near twentieth anniversary of his death. The exhibit— curated by Luca Baldazzi and Michele Masini— opens with 50 color illustrations, rare and never before shown, created by a young Roberto Raviola at the beginning of the 1960s for his series of books for the publisher Malipiero: from A Thousand and One Nights to The Wizard of Oz, to stories and legends from various Italian regions. In this early work one can already see the early traces of the images of Magnus. Leading up to the creation of some of the most popular comic characters ever: Kriminal, Stanik, Alan Ford (with text by Luciano Secchi under the name Max Bunker) and then Lo Sconociuto, I Briganti, Le Femmine Incantane to his legendary Tex, created for Bonelli publishers.
On display one will find original story boards, sketches, doodles and covers to I Briganti, La Signora Ning, Le 110 Pillole, Lunario and Le Femmine Incantate.
The ever present theme in Magnus’s work is the constant search for new places and adventures outside of time. The author once said, “One needs to write with a compass and draw with a dictionary.”
Always somewhere between a careful realism and an ironic form of the grotesque, Magnus created distant worlds that lived perfectly together.
For the occasion Alessandro Editore will publish the volume Magnus prima di Magnus. Gli anni dell’apprendistato di un maestro del fumetto, edited by Luca Baldazzi with ten or so previously unpublished illustrations, photos, documents and essays by Antonio Faeti, Luca Baldazzi, Fabio Gaducci and Michele Masini.
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