ALBERTO CARUSO

Extrano Parecido by Alberto Caruso (1965) published in D'Artagnan
Ernie Pike drawn by Caruso, written by Oesterheld, published in Hora Cero Extra (1961)

When his family rented the front of their house in Villa Pueyrredón to a family named Zanotto, Alberto Caruso did not imagine that this decision would change his destiny. The new tenants had a son named Juan, and had just arrived from Italy, and were little known in the neighborhood. So young Juan and Alberto became fast friends.

Dandare.info: So you and Juan first started drawing in your home?

Caruso: It was 1947 and I was about five years younger and from that moment I was hooked with the drawing thanks to him. We started our careers almost together, and Juan eventually became a well known artist for his work on Henga.

Alberto Caruso was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1941. He studied in the Escuela Panamericana de Arte (Panamerican School of Art) with Alberto Breccia. He began his professional career in 1959 by drawing comic edited by small publishers like Cleda and Nomina.

Between 1959 and 1961 he worked as assistant to Juan Zanotto on the Air Ace Library for Fleetway, where he came into contact with Georgio Bellavitis, who was acting as a talent scout for the D'Ami Studio. Also in the same year, 1961, he drew episodes of Ernie Pike written by Héctor Oesterheld in the comics Frontera and Hora Cero Extra. Later he also work on Misterix and Fuego. In 1964 Caruso started working for Editorial Columba, with whom he collaborated for the next 30 years, drawing several stories in many genres such as war, police, romance and so on.

During the middle 60’s Caruso worked for various USA publishers and between 1967 to 1969 he produced for Fleetway 120 pages of Sergeant Ironside for Fleetway's Front Line Library via the D’Ami Studio. He remembers working with both Gino D'Antonio and Ferdinando Tacconi on the Sgt. Ironside stories. For this he sent his work directly to Fleetway House from Argentina. His one regret today is that D'Ami never sent him copies of the comics that he worked on.

During this productive period he met and worked with many of the South American D'Ami artists such as Moliterni, Solano Lopez, Daniel Haupt, Juan Zanotto, Julio Schiaffino and Victor Hugo Arias.

Later in his career, Caruso also worked for the Argentine publisher Record (for the Argentinian version of the Italian comic Skorpio, as well as Tit-Bits). He also continued to contribute work for Italian and German comics. Caruso served as professor in the Asociación Estimulo de Bellas Artes (Association Stimulus of Fine Arts) teaching comics, drawn and illustration.


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