Francesco Francavilla

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Francesco Francavilla
Francavilla at Special Edition NYC
BornFrancesco Francavilla
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Artist, Inker, Letterer, Colourist
Notable works
Detective Comics
Black Panther
The Black Beetle
Afterlife with Archie
Awards"Favourite Newcomer Artist" Eagle Award 2012
"Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award 2012

Francesco Francavilla is an Italian comic book artist known for his creator-owned series The Black Beetle and pulp-inspired comic covers. Other notable works include The Black Coat (which he co-created), Dynamite's Zorro series, and his recent run on Detective Comics with Scott Snyder and Jock.


Francesco Francavilla made his professional comics debut in the Italian comics anthology Amazing Comics.[1]

Within the industry he has become known for his pulp and retro-inspired style. He runs a blog, Pulp Sunday, dedicated to this kind of work.[2] His cover work is particularly noteworthy, he won an Eisner for it in 2012.[3]

He has worked as an interior artist for both Marvel Comics (Black Panther: The Man without Fear, Captain America and Bucky, Hawkeye) and DC Comics (Detective Comics for The Black Mirror story arc, which won the 2012 Eisner for best ongoing series).[4] Most recently he has been focusing on The Black Beetle, a series he originally created for his Pulp Sunday blog, which is now being published by Dark Horse Comics. This series has already had wide critical acclaim[5] and has been made an ongoing series as a part of Dark Horse Comics' superhero push.[6]


Interior comic work includes:

Covers only[edit]



  1. ^ Hooper, Terry (2006). "Wearing the Black Coat: Francesco Francavilla". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on August 19, 2006.
  2. ^ Francavilla, Francesco. "Pulp Sunday". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Eisner Award Recipients 2010-present". Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Eisner Award Recipients 2010-present". Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  5. ^ Francavilla, Francesco. ""The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1" is a Smash Hit!". Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  6. ^ Khouri, Andy. "Dark Horse Superheroes: New Ongoings, Pulp Revivals and DC Refugees". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 4 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  7. ^ Glendening, Daniel (July 17, 2013). "SDCC EXCLUSIVE: Bodies Fall in Francavilla's "Black Beetle: Necrologue"". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "Black Beetle: Necrologue". Atomic Avenue.
  9. ^ Also used as cover for chapters 75 and 76.
  10. ^ Also used as cover for chapters 27-30 as well as print edition of Sensation Comics #10.
  11. ^ Morris, Steve (May 25, 2012). "The Final Eagle Awards have Landed". Comics Beat. Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  12. ^ Spurgeon, Tom (May 25, 2012). "Your 2012 Eagle Awards Winners". The Comics Reporter. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Francavilla, Francesco. "EISNER, The Black Beetle, & Creature From The Black Lagoon!". Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  14. ^ Inkwell Awards 2016 Winners


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