Giorgio Trevisan

An original board from the Treasure Annual 1970 by Giorgio Trevisan.

If one were to ask Giorgio Trevisan what his greatest love was, he would probably be torn between art and history. His costume designs and uniforms are perfection, whilst his panels capture the period portrayed with authenticity.

Giorgio Trevisan, painter and illustrator, was born in Merano (near Bolzano, Italy) 13th October 1934. After graduating in Classics in 1957, and after several professional jobs he started to work for the D'ami Studio in Milan [see also Trevisan remembers D'Ami], drawing the series Cherry Brandy, and after that was given the opportunity to work on some of the war strips for Amalgamated Press. In 1959 he began to work for the Corriere dei Ragazzi and, as a result of his moving to Este, near Padova, with the Messaggero di Sant’Antonio. Between 1970 and 1975 he illustrated the Life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, with which he gained the Primo Premio della Stampa Cristiana d’Europa. In the same year he collaborated with the Corrier Boy designing fantasties written from Milo Milani. From 1980 he worked on the series Ken Parker and Julia.

Trevisan's UK work started with his collaboration with Rinaldo D'Ami, where he drew several war stories for Fleetway during the late 1950's and early sixties, including Battle Picture Library (Nos. 46, 57), War Picture Library (Nos. 175, 277, 287) and became one of the many artists that worked on Battler Britton. However, even when Dami had moved on to other pastures Trevisan continued to work for the UK market, and primarily Amalgamated Press/Fleetway. In 1964 he drew HMS Outcast for Hurricane, in 1966 he was producing some episodes of Trelawney of the Guards for the Lion comic, this was later renamed Trelawney's Mob with artwork by original Trelawney artist Victor de la Fuente and Jose Ortiz, as well as the rather weird strip The Flying Fortress (1978): in the meantime he also did work for variousTreasure Annuals . During the late 1960's he worked on some of The Spider stories for Fleetway Stupendous Library as well as some of the war stories in the Fleetway Front Line Series.

An original board from Trevisan's series Hannibal.

Amongst his non-UK work I personally rank Hannibal as one of his best ever strips. This was the story of the great general and Trevisan's line work is absolutely wonderful.

He also worked on the French comic series Yataca (Aventures & Voyages) nos. 1-209, these being both original stories and UK reprints by Trevisan, Joe Colqhoun, Denis McLoughlin, Josep Subirats, Victor Peon, Garcia Quiros, Annibale Casabianca.

For l'Eternauta towards the end of the 1980's, Trevisan brought Sherlock Holmes back to life, but with all the respect and care that someone with his love for history could do. In total there were six adventures of Holmes, scripts by Giancarlo Berardi and designed by Trevisan. Berardi's scripts take nothing away from Conan Doyle's originals, whilst Trevisan's chiaroscura allows the reader to slip into the atmosphere of film, and his reconstructions of London are meticulous and evocative.

 


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