Fumetti neri

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Fumetti neri (Italian: black comics) is a subgenre of Italian comics, born in Italy with the creation of the Diabolik character.

The heroes of fumetti neri are more anti-hero or villain than traditional heroes. Diabolik itself was very loosely based on the French Fantômas character. The subsequent heroes in these comics were all inspired on Diabolik and often have a K in their names.[1]

A partial list include:

  • Kriminal by Magnus and Max Bunker; more violent version of Diabolik.
  • Satanik by the same authors, a female version of Diabolik but with supernatural and horrific elements.
  • Génius

In France, these comics were published in digest size editions by the likes of Elvifrance.


  1. ^ Simone Castaldi, Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s, Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2010, ISBN 978-1-60473-749-3