Sergio Bonelli

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Sergio Bonelli in 2009

Sergio Bonelli (Milan, December 2, 1932 – Monza, September 26, 2011) was an Italian comic book author and publisher. He is best known as creator of Zagor (1961) and Mister No (1975), as well as a comics publisher trought publishing house Sergio Bonelli Editore.

Sergio Bonelli was the son of Gian Luigi Bonelli, the creator of Tex Willer and many other Italian comic strips. In order to distinguish himself from his father, he usually wrote his scripts under the pen name Guido Nolitta. He made his debut as a scriptwriter in 1957, with the translation into Italian of the Spanish series Verdugo Ranch, for which he wrote the final episode (artwork by Franco Bignotti). In 1958 Bonelli created his first character Un ragazzo nel Far West ('A boy in the Far West'), also illustrated by Franco Bignotti. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he wrote several episodes of Piccolo Ranger.

In 1960 Bonelli wrote Il Giudice Bean, a mini-series of six adventures, illustrated by Sergio Tarquinio. In the same year he met the illustrator Gallieno Ferri, with whom he created Zagor in 1961. Bonelli wrote almost all Zagor stories until 1980 (issue #182). In 1975 he created the Mister No series.

In 1977 Bonelli wrote the script of the book L'Uomo del Texas (illustrated by Aurelio Galleppini). He also wrote numerous Tex Willer stories, starting with issue #183 in the late 1970s. In 1990 he created the mini-series River Bill (artwork by Francesco Gamba).

He was chairman of Sergio Bonelli Editore (formerly known as CEPIM), one of Italy's major comics publishers (titles include Tex, Dylan Dog, Mister No and many others).

He died in Monza, on the 26th of September 2011, following a short illness.

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