Along with great movies, Italians also made a lot of great comics. Here in Croatia and the rest of former Yugoslavia, despite the success of movies, tv shows, cartoons and videogames, popular American superhero comics like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers etc. never really took off. However, comics are still big here (although not as much as in the times of ex-Yugoslavia), and the most popular by far are Italian comics, mostly from Sergio Bonelli Editore. Here are some of them:
Not published by SBE, but is still by far the most popular comic book in Yugoslavia. It’s a spy parody/satire comic book centered around the Group TNT, a group of incompetent spies led by the several thousand years old #1, that the title character, Alan Ford, joins by accident in the first issue of the series. A cartoon adaptation of one issue, Alan Ford e il gruppo TNT contro Superciuk, was made in 1988.
One of the oldest and longest-running Italian comics, it’s also the most popular comic book in Italy. It’s mostly classic western stories (even though there’s some fantasy/ horror stuff too), the main protagonist being the title character Tex Willer, his son Kit and best friend Kit Carson. Was made into a movie starring Giuliano Gemma in 1985.
The most popular comic book here, second only to Alan Ford, and one of my personal favorites. It’s a horror/fantasy/sci-fi western set in the first half of the 19th century, and tells the adventures of the hero Zagor and his Mexican sidekick Chico. Three unofficial Zagor movies were filmed in Turkey in the '70s.
A horror comic book whose main protagonist is Dylan Dog, “the nightmare investigator”, who solves various cases that deal with the undead, vampires, ghosts, aliens, demons, werevolves etc. He’s always accompanied by his sidekick Groucho, a former Groucho Marx whose character became his permanent personality. Was the basis for the 1994 film Dellamorte Dellamore w/ Rupert Everett, as well as the 2010 film with Brandon Routh.
Some other good ones include:
Il commandante Mark
Il grande Blek
Capitan Miki (even though the last three tend to be a bit too naive and childish)
And some I haven’t read yet:
Any other fans of this stuff here?