|First appearance||Cucciolo (August 8, 1952)|
|Created by||Roberto Renzi, Giorgio Rebuffi|
Tiramolla (English: Stretch-Spring) is a bizarre Superhero with extensible slender body, oval face, long legs, a cylindrical head and a bow. Tiramolla has acquired the unique ability of being able to stretch as he wishes, even for several kilometers, after falling into a large container of rubber.
He appeared for the first time in August 1952 as a supporting character in the comic series Cucciolo e Beppe, in the magazine Cucciolo, in the story "Il mistero della villa" (trad. "Mystery of the Villa"). The first cartoonist was Giorgio Rebuffi.
On 15 July 1959, Tiramolla became the star of an independent magazine of the same name, published by Edizioni Alpe. Umberto Manfrin joined Rebuffi in the role of writer, and later also became cartoonist with the pseudonym of Mamberto. New characters were introduced: the butler Saetta, Ullaò the dog, the "Admiral", Caucciù, the Tiramolla's grandson in possession of the same powers of his uncle, the villain Mister Magic and other characters of satirical inspiration such as the accountant Rossi (that symbolize the Italian pedantic) and the Devil's Advocate (inspired by Perry Mason).
At the regular series there were flanked almanacs, collections and reprints in an intense schedule of weekly, monthly and quarterly releases.
At the end of 1980s, after the editor Giuseppe Caregaro's death, Tiramolla ended its publications. Shortly later, at the beginning of 1990, Tiramolla was re-launched under a new publisher, Vallardi, but the magazine failed to regain the ancient success and finally closed in the middle of 1993.
- Giorgio Rebuffi, Roberto Renzi, Umberto Manfrin, Tiramolla 1952-2002, Pavesio, 2002, ISBN 88-87810-23-0
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