2-7 October 2012. Wow remembers the Italian cartoon editor and cartoonist Sergio Bonelli (1932-2011), one year after his death.
On display are a series of original tables of Bonelli’s characters, which have deeply marked the history of Italian and international cartoons.
Son of Gian Luigi Bonelli, creator of the cartoon Tex and founder of the publishing house Audace, Sergio started working at a very young age in the family business. He entered the world of cartoons in 1954 and wrote a booklet, designed by Roy D’Amy, dedicated to the protagonist Red. In 1957 he picked up the publishing house Araldo, subsequently renamed Sergio Bonelli, one of the most important publishing houses in Italy. He also became a screenwriter and wrote among the others A Boy of the Far West (1958) and The Judge Bean, published in 1963 in the series The Bulletin Board of The Cow Boy. In 1961 he created the successful protagonist Zagor, a hybrid between Tarzan and the Western. From 1975 to 1995 he wrote the adventures of his favourite character Mister No, a light hearted former US soldier, who lived in Manaus in the 1950s. But his growing editorial commitments, forced him to drastically reduce his activity as an author. With the Sergio Bonelli publishing house he created very innovative and anti-conventional characters, including Ken Parker and Dylan Dog.
In 2008 Milan awarded him with the prestigious prize Ambrogino d’Oro.