Linus was an Italian comics magazine. The first number was published in April 1965 by Milano Libri, a subsidiary of Rizzoli, and was later published by Baldini & Castoldi in monthly issues until April 2013.
The first director of Linus was Giovanni Gandini. The magazine published foreign comics books like Peanuts, Popeye, Li'l Abner, Bristow, Dick Tracy, and others. Linus was also the place where Italian comics found space for the first time: examples include Neutron/Valentina by Guido Crepax and Girighiz by Enzo Lunari.
Since the very beginning, the comics section was accompanied by an extensive section dealing with society, politics, mass media, literature and other cultural themes. The first issue, for example, featured an interview done by Umberto Eco with novelist Elio Vittorini. Satirical strips by famous Italian authors like Altan, Alfredo Chiappori, Sergio Staino, Ellekappa, Angese, Vauro, Bruno D'Alfonso and by foreigners like Jules Feiffer are regularly published. Gandini's was succeeded in 1972 by the intellectual, journalist and writer Oreste del Buono.
Adventures comic book series like Dick Tracy or Jeff Hawke were initially published separately on special issues. These later were moved into a monthly series, Alterlinus (later Alter Alter and simply Alter, 1974), where more adult-themed comics found place, including works by innovative French authors like Moebius, Enki Bilal or Philippe Druillet and Italian artists like Sergio Toppi, Andrea Pazienza and Lorenzo Mattotti. Pure adventure themes were published in the monthly spin-off magazine Corto Maltese, created in 1983, named after Hugo Pratt's famous character.
Enzo Baldoni, the Italian journalist and writer killed in Iraq in 2004, worked as translator for Linus, notably for the Doonesbury comic strip. Garry Trudeau wrote about him in his website shortly after the accident.
Comic strips published in Linus
- Calvin & Hobbes
- Corto Maltese
- Dick Tracy
- Fearless Fosdick
- Get Fuzzy
- Krazy Kat
- Li'l Abner
- The Wizard of Id
- "Chiude (per ora) Linus, la bibbia del fumetto". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 29 May 2013.