Drawn and Dangerous
Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
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My first encounter with the comics discussed in this book occurred many years ago. It was 1978, I was ten years old. I walked past a newsstand, Among the dizzying mass of publications on displayânewspapers, political weeklies, fashion and sports magazines, paperbacks, and even encyclopedias...
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In October 1977 the magazine Alter, at that time the most prestigious publication of adult comics in Italy, featured a fourteen-page story by Filippo ScÃ²zzari titled âUn buon impiegoâ (A Good Position). Set in a not-too-distant future in and around the Italian city of Bologna, âUn buon impiegoâ told the story...
1. Italian Adult Comics Before '77
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The Italian comics of the late â70s and â80s belong to a particular niche of the medium of sequential art we identify here as âadult comics.â The term âadult,â rather than referring exclusively to content (although content represents an important discriminating factor) or to an aesthetic and arbitrary cultural evaluation, is employed here simply in reference to the ...
2. The Emergence of the Second Generation of Adult Comics in Its Political Context
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The radical rewriting of codes the new adult comics were to enact on their mediumâthe intense dialogue between the high and low end of the cultural spectrum, their tendency towards intertextuality as well as cultural horizontalityâare all tightly linked to the climate of social...
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Pazienza is without doubt the most renowned among the authors of the new Italian comics. Barely in his 20s, Pazienza had already been published in the eraâs most important comic magazines including Cannibale, Il Male,Frigidaire, Linus, Alter, Corto Maltese, and Comic Art. Unfortunately, as is often the case with artists, Pazienzaâs widest audience...
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As the â80s drew to a close, so did the Italian adult comics movement. This change was paralleled throughout the industry, particularly in France, but to a lesser degree in the American market. In addition to the premature departure of two of its leading figures, Tamburini and Pazienza, one contributing factor to the Italian...
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Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2010