MAGICO VENTO

16X21 cm, 96-132 pgs, b/w

Magico Vento's stories unfold against a background of the Wild West where reality can turn into a nightmare. With his unpredictable and restless character, Magico Vento, for which Gianfranco Manfredi created both the subject and the scripts, is the launch pad of a new and absolutely original trend in fiction, springing from the blend of two much-loved and inspiring genres, the western and the horror genre. Magico Vento's world consists of the vast open spaces of the Great Prairies of Dakota, roughly in the 1870s, i.e. in the period following the War of Secession, when the transcontinental railway had only just been inaugurated and the dogged determination of the white man to civilize the West was about to result in seizure of even more land from the Native Americans. Although he is a medicine man, a shaman and a warrior, Magico Vento is not an Indian, but a former white soldier (whose real name is Ned Ellis), who has sided with the Sioux. Because of a fragment of metal that lodged in his brain, Magico Vento has lost his memory and therefore he knows nothing of his past, but precisely this traumatic event has opened up in his mind a window on the future, of which he has premonitions through dramatic prophetic visions. At his side, he has an intelligent and determined friend: journalist Willy Richards, known as Poe on account of his amazing resemblance to the famous writer. Together they must avert the wicked schemes plotted by their enemy number one: Howard Hogan, a diabolical wheeler-dealer, thirsty for power and determined to unleash new wars against the Indians in the name of the ruthless march of civilization. In the course of this saga that is full of unexpected developments and sudden turn-arounds, Magic Vento leads his readers towards the discovery of a Frontier infested by demons, specters, apocalyptic beasts: a sphere of the unknown where the supernatural may be lurking just ahead at any time.

The authors
GIANFRANCO MANFREDI was born in Senigallia (Ancona) and lives in Milan, where he obtained a degree in History of Philosophy. He published an essay on "L’amore e gli amori in J. J. Rousseau" (Mazzotta, 1978) and made his debut as a fiction writer with "Magia rossa" (Feltrinelli, 1983). He subsequently wrote several other novels, also published by Feltrinelli: "Cromantica" (1985), "Ultimi vampiri" (1987) and "Trainspotter" (1989). Mondadori published his novel "Il peggio deve venire" (1991), while "La fuga del cavallo morto" (1992) was published by Anabasi. A multimedial figure par excellence, Gianfranco Manfredi (seen in the above artist's impression sketched by the famous theater actor Arnoldo Foà) has also written over three hundred songs, numerous cinema and television scripts, and is also a music critic. His debut in the field of comic books came with the creation of "Gordon Link", an irreverent ghost-hunter, written for the publisher Dardo. Since 1994, Manfredi has been a contributer to the publishing house Sergio Bonelli, composing numerous scripts for Dylan Dog and Nick Raider. In 1997, again for Bonelli, he initiated the monthly Western-style serial Magico Vento, in which there is a blend of elements from horror stories and the world of magic. In the summer of 2000, he published the novel "Una fortuna d’annata" (published by Marco Tropea).

Gianfranco Manfredi, inventor of the series, subject and script-writer, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128.

Giuseppe Barbati, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 2, 6, 7, 10, 13, 15, 18, 26, 27, 32, 35, 47, 49, 56, 60, 73, 78, 87, 95, 102, 103, 109, 114, 118, 122, 123, 128.

Carlo Bellagamba, (Giez), artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 29, 59.

Stefano Biglia, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 28, 43, 55, 67, 77, 86, 92, 96, 101, 108, 113, 121, 123.

Maurizio Di Vincenzo, 60, 78, 95, 102.

Tito Faraci, 65, 75.

Pasquale Frisenda, cover illustrator of the series from issue nr. 32 and artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 4, 8, 14, 19, 24, 31, 38, 45, 53, 62, 75, 82, 91, 98.

Leomacs, 94.

Stefano Lugano, script-writer, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 43.

Corrado Mastantuono, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 5, 25, 42, 65.

Mario Milano, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 51, 68, 72, 84.

Ivo Milazzo, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 30, 36, 40, 44, 52, 57, 61, 69, 70, 79, 89.

José Ortiz, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 1, 3, 12, 21, 34.

Goran Parlov, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 11, 16, 22, 33, 37, 46, 54, 66, 76, 85, 100.

Darko Perovic, 64, 71, 80, 90, 97, 104, 111, 117, 124.

Luigi Piccatto, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 23, 39, 48, 58.

Renato Queirolo, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 112, 119, 123.

Bruno Ramella, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, 26, 27, 32, 35, 47, 50, 56, 63, 74, 83, 88, 93, 96, 99, 105, 112, 119, 123, 128.

Corrado Roi, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 20.

Antonio Segura, subject and script-writer, he authored 34, 81.

Eugenio Sicomoro, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 17, 41.

Luigi Siniscalchi, 106, 110, 115, 120, 127.

Cristiano Spadavecchia, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 48, 58.

Cristiano Spadoni, 114, 118, 122.

Giovanni Talami, artwork creator, he authored: Magico Vento nn. 77, 86, 92, 96, 101, 108, 121.

Andrea Venturi, cover illustrator of the series up to issue nr. 31.

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