Massimo Carnevale

45 Covers by Carnevale

I must admit right away that the only justification for placing a page on Massimo Carnevale on this website is that I love his work - he has never produced for Fleetway. It is also an excuse to show some magnificient covers!

His artwork runs the gamut from science-fiction, fantasy and the macabre, to humour, history and the avante-guarde - and sometimes all together. A close examination of his work shows that Carnevale does not just paint them, he creates them. The detail is intricate on even the "simplest" designs. He also employs various techniques to enhance the visual impact of his work: including applique in order to give depth to a cover.

Carnevale started to work for Eura Editoriale of Rome in the early 1990s, at first drawing a few strips for the magazine LancioStory, such as episodes of Napoli Ground Zero (1994) with text by Lorenzo Bartoli . He went on to draw many covers for the two mainstays of Eura, LancioStory and Skorpio.

Like the French publication Metal Hurant (Heavy Metal), both LancioStory and Skorpio have always provided a regular home for established comic artists like Enrique Breccia and Solano Lopez, as well as being a showcase for new young talent - they are also famous for their cover art. [Argentina has it's own version of LancioStory featuring (mostly) the work of South American artists.]

During the late 1990s two of the most popular stories within these magazines were Dago - a tale of medieval intrigues - and Martin Hel (one "l" - a supernatural investigator). The popularity of these two stories soon led to them being given their own series', for which Carnevale painted the covers: 53 covers in total for Martin Hel (all except the first which was drawn by Angel "Lito" Fernandez), and 25 covers for the Dago series.

Another spin-off from LancioStory was Lorenzo Bartoli's John Doe which also spawned its own series featuring Carnevale covers: he also drew a couple of episodes. John Doe won the Attilio Micheluzzi prize at Napoli Comicon 2000 as Best Italian Story, whilst Carnevale picked up Best Artist. In the same year he was awarded the Caran D' Ache Italian Illustratore Prize for Best Artist at RomaCartoon III.

In 2000 he drew the six-part mini-series Il dono di Eric (Eric's Gift), again with scripts by Lorenzo Bartoli which was published in LancioStory. The series was later re-printed in one volume by Euracomix.

In 2003 Carnevale was "discovered" by the D.C. National Group of comics, for whom he is now working on the covers for the highly acclaimed DC/Vertigo series Y: The Last Man.

At the Napoli Comic Festival in 2005, he was awarded the prize for Best Artist.

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