Alberto Salinas

From the UK comic Princess Tina (1967). Original artwork by Alberto Salinas.

Alberto Cesar Salinas was born on 01 November 1932 in Buenos Aires (Argentina). He was the son of Argentine artist José Luis Salinas (1908-1985), creator of the Cisco Kid.

Alberto Salinas' first contribution to the world of comics began in 1952 with Canpiago (or Cipinago), a thin copy of Zorro, published in the weekly Super Hombre (script by Lanus).

He subsequently collaborated with various publishers across Europe such as Columba and Fleetway, specializing in adventure series' like Safari Argentino in 1958 (via the Roy d'Ami studio). In 1964, he created Sandra for the UK's Princess Tina.

In 1961, via the Eurostudio of Piero Dami, he drew various historical series destined for the European market such as Espartaco, La Batalla of Lepanto, Rurik el vikingo (Rurik the Viking in Pirates), La silla di Malta etc.

He drew various literary adaptations for Fleetway's World of Wonder magazine.

From 1964 to 1966, he illustrated Thierry la Fronde in the French magazine Télé Série Verte with Jean Ollivier scripts for the publisher OZ.

In the 1970s, for the publisher San Paolo, he published a series of illustrations for Il Giornalino Meraviglia. He also worked for the Portuguese periodical Jurnal de Cuto where he created Moira la Esclava de Roma, which was reprinted in the UK in Princess Tina in 1967 (Moira, slave girl of Rome).

From May 1976, he took over Paco, a dog story, from John Stokes in the UK comic Valiant.

In 1977, he drew Los Voortrekkers in the review Corto Maltés with Alfredo Grassi. The series was translated as Continente Nero in Skorpio (Italy) and as Continent Noir in Akim (1st series) in France.

From 1978 to 1981, he illustrated Legione Straniera again with Grassi, translated in France as Képi Blanc in the small format comic En Garde!

He drew Morgan, el pirata and his most enduring strip to date, Dago, created in 1981 with writer Robin Wood and published in Lanciostory in 1983 in Italy. The Drago character met with such success that it spawned its own comic title.

There followed Chaco (1992), Dracula (in 1990 and 1995, Robin Wood scripts) and Nippur (published in France in Akim (1st series) and Ivanhoe (1st series)).

In 2000, he drew I Borgia still with scripts by his old accomplice Robin Wood.

He received at the Expocartoon in Rome a Yellow Kid in honor of his 70 year long career in comics. He retired to devote himself to painting.

He died on 27 November 2004 following a gun accident.


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