5 November 1915|
Reggio Emilia, Italy
8 December 1997 (aged 82)|
Walter Molino (5 November 1915 – 8 December 1997) was an Italian comics artist and illustrator.
Life and career
Born in Reggio Emilia, Molino made his professional debut as illustrator and caricaturist in 1935, collaborating with the newspaper Il Popolo d'Italia and the children's magazines Il Monello and L'Intrepido. In 1936 he started working for the satirical magazine Bertoldo, and in 1938 he debuted as a comic artist with the series Virus, il mago della Foresta Morta, with texts of Federico Pedrocchi. Still with Pedrocchi he created the comics series Capitan l'Audace for the magazine L'Audace, Maschera Bianca, and a number of other characters.
Since 1941 Molino became the official cover-illustrator of La Domenica del Corriere, succeeding to Achille Beltrame. He also collaborated with the women's magazine Grand Hotel, as cover-illustrator and artist of "cineromanzi", i.e. comic stories, generally of romantic or melodramatic genre, whose comic characters resembled famous film actors.
- Ludina Barzini. Walter Molino: cinquant'anni di attività. Comune di Milano, 1986.
- Oreste Del Buono. Walter Molino: 60 anni tra cronaca e arte. Ed. L'Agrifoglio, 1995.
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