Alberto Giolitti and the Giolitti Studio

Sword for Hire, an Alberto Giolitti original board for the Hurricane Annual 1969.

Alberto Giolitti was born in Rome on 14 November 1923. This writer and artist begin his career in Il Vittorioso which published his first strip I sensa will paura in 1943. In 1946, he emigrated to Argentina where he worked for Editorial Lainez and Columba of Buenos Aires. During this period he drew police stories and adaptated the novel Quo Vadis? into strip format.

In 1949 he again emigrated, this time to the USA where he produced stories for Dell/Western Publishing including: The Challenge of Zorro (1956), Indian Chief, Cisko Kid, Tonto, Tarzan, Sergeant Preston, The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1958) and various accounts in the Four Color series for Dell Publishing. This included many adaptations of popular TV series' such as The Lone Ranger's Famous Horse Hi-Yo Silver (1956 to 1960), Gunsmoke, Tom Bell and Tales of Wells Fargo (1959), Have Gun Will Travel (1960-62), Boris Karloff (1962) and film adaptations such as Alexander the Great in 1956, Aladin and the Marvellous Lamp, and Gulliver's Travels.

He returned to Italy at the beginning of the sixties and created the Giolitti Studio which brought together more than 50 artists of the likes of Franco Caprioli, Roberto Diso, Sandro Chiarolla, Giancarlo Alessandrini, Enrico Bagnoli, Ruggero Giovannini, Renato Polese, Giovanni Ticci, Ugolino Cossu, Angelo Todaro, Massimo Rotundo, Franco Saudelli, Alberto Salinas, Paolo Morales, Massimo Belardinelli, Giorgio Cambiotti, Romano Felmang, Umberto Sammarini and Nevio Zeccara.

In the meantime he continued his personal collaboration with American publishers on such strips as Turok Son of Stone, which he drew until 1984 .

The Giolitti Studio provided erotic comic strips for magazines by the publisher Edipériodicci: Jacula, Cosmine, etc. For the Italian popular press it produced Super Black, then for Spada The Phantom, Mandrake and Flash Gordon.

Dominus, an Alberto Giolitti original board for Starstream No. 1 (Whitman 1976).

For the American market the Giolitti Studio portrayed in comic form the characters of Warner Brothers' animation films: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig as well as providing various adaptations for Dell/Gold Key like Freedom Agent (1963), Twilight Zone (1963 to 1970), Lord Jim (1965), various accounts in Ripley's Believe It or Not (1965-66 and 1978), Laredo(1966), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1966 to 1970), Tarzan (1967), Star Trek (1967 to 1979), King Kong (1968), Cowboy in Africa (1968), The Planet of the Apes(1970), and the stories for Mistery Comics Digest (1972 and 1975), and the strip Dominus in Starstream in 1976.

For the English market, Giolitti drew for IPC Jackie and the Wild Boy (in Princess Tina), The Fiery Furnaces (in Tiger and Hurricane), Flame of the Forest (in Lion), Enchanted Isle (in Tammy), Blood on the Prairie (1966: based on Paul Wellman's book) in Ranger, and he even had a short stint on Captain Hurricane (1964) for the Valiant. For the German market the studio took on the work for the strips of Reno Kid , Lasso, Perry Rhodan (1968-75), and Buffalo Bill (1975-84). Between 1986 and 1988, Giolitti drew 5 anni Dopo in Comic Art (text by Pedrazzi).

Giolitti entered the list of Tex Willer illustrators in 1989, although he had previously drawn an episode of the series in 1976.

He died in 1993.

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