ZAGOR

More than 500 issues available to date (monthly ongoing series). B/W, 16x21, 96 pgs. Also available in specials.


The son of Lieutenant Wilding, an official of the American army who had withdrawn to live in the forest of the North-Eastern United States (the story is set in the first half of the nineteenth-century), Zagor sees his parents die, killed by a band of Abenakis guided by a fanatic called Salomon Kinsky. Miraculously surviving the slaughter, the boy is rescued by an odd vagrant, named Wandering Fitzy. The young Wilding (who, we later find out, is called Patrick), grows up living the rough life of a trapper, but in his mind there exists only one thought: revenge! But when he eventually has the opportunity to obtain revenge, he finds out that his father had likewise been a slaughterer of Indians. Thus his mounting awareness of the relativity of the concepts of Good, Evil and Justice leads him to transform himself, aided by a family of entertainers and acrobats, into Za-Gor-Te-Nay, the Spirit with the Hatchet (or Zagor, for short), a sort of avenger always ready to side with the weak and the oppressed, whether they be black or white, terrifying his adversaries with his awful war cry. After setting up his base on an small island surrounded by quicksands, in a marshy area of the imaginary forest of Darkwood (through which he sometimes travels by leaping from one tree to another, holding on to lianas), Zagor begins the task of pacification in the company of the friendly Mexican Cico (Felipe Cayetano Lopez Martinez y Gonzalez), a comic supporting character who fulfils the function of relieving the tension in dramatic situations and making the stories more attractive to read. The main aim of our pot-bellied and self-styled hidalgo is to satisfy his boundless appetite, an activity that gets him caught up in innumerable escapades. By cleverly blending elements from various other characters (from Tarzan to the Phantom, not disdaining Robin Hood and Don Quixote, the author Guido Nolitta (the pseudonym, as we have seen, of the publisher Sergio Bonelli) has put together a product that has proven extremely enjoyable for comic strip readers and is also much appreciated for the quality of the adventures experienced by the protagonist. This comic series still attracts the attention of a very wide readership today, partly thanks to the variety of situations and type of stories, which range from the pure western to the horror genre and even to the fantastic. The artwork for this series is by the Ligurian illustrator Gallieno Ferri, whose powerful strokes, conveying swiftness and decisive force, has become a veritable hallmark of the Zagor stories.

The creators of Zagor
Born in Milan on 2 December 1932, Sergio Bonelli is the son of Gian Luigi Bonelli, the creator of Tex and of so many other heroes of Italian comic strips. However, precisely in order to distinguish himself from his father, he has always preferred to write his scripts under the pseudonym of Guido Nolitta. He made his début as a scriptwriter in 1957, when he translated into Italian the Spanish series "Verdugo Ranch" and wrote its concluding episode, entrusting the artwork to Franco Bignotti. Bignotti also performed the graphic rendering of the first  character created by Nolitta: "Un ragazzo nel Far-West" dated 1958. Several episodes of "Il Piccolo Ranger" (normally written by Andrea Lavezzolo) are likewise the fruit of the fervent Bonelli imagination. In 1960 Nolitta wrote "Il Giudice Bean", an absolutely brilliant series composed of just six adventures, for which the artwork was provided by Sergio Tarquinio. The joint activity with Tarquinio was repeated for "Il ribelle", a short adventure composed in the same year. 1960 saw the meeting between Sergio Bonelli and the illustrator Gallieno Ferri: they decided to begin working together and in 1961 they created Zagor, for which Nolitta composed almost all the stories up to 1980. 1975 was the year in which Nolitta initiated the Mister No series, about an amusing Piper pilot who is half a tramp, half an adventurer, experiencing his adventures against the background of 1950s South America. In 1977 Nolitta wrote the script of the book "L'Uomo del Texas" for Aurelio Galeppini, and at the same time he began, anonymously, to entrust Galep himself and several other illustrators with some of his Tex stories. In 1985 he composed the concluding adventure of the "Il Piccolo Ranger" series, and in 1990 he inaugurated the miniseries "River Bill" with artwork by Francesco Gamba. At present, Nolitta writes stories for Mister No and Tex; he was also the co-author (with Castelli) of the cross-over in which Jerry Drake meets the Detective of the Impossible. Of fundamental importance for the world of Italian comic strips is Sergio Bonelli's activity as a publisher, an activity which today takes up almost all of his time and would deserve a chapter in its own right.

GALLIENO FERRI, who created the graphics and the artwork was born in Genoa on 21 March 1929. In 1960 he met Guido Nolitta (Sergio Bonelli) with whom he invented Zagor, subsequently contributing the artwork for numerous stories and the entire range of cover illustrations. After working for a few years as a chartered surveyor, he was judged to be one of the best comic strip illustrators in a competition held by the publisher De Leo, who was "talent scouting" among some of the most promising young artists. This result enabled Ferri to set to work immediately on illustrating two characters, "Il Fantasma Verde" and "Piuma Rossa". Ferri initials his panels as Fergal. In 1949 he illustrated the first series of "Maskar" , and designed the graphic representation and designed the graphic representation of the western characters "Tom Tom" and "Thunder Jack". This marked the beginning of a series of successful projects with the French market. He also illustrated the series "Jolly" and "Capitan Walter" for "Il Vittorioso". The two authors' intention was to create a character who would appeal to the younger generation, while carefully steering clear of childish oversimplification; they also intended the Zagor stories to embody all the most typical elements of adventure stories, enriching the themes with ingredients taken over from other narrative genres. In 1975, when another celebrated Sergio Bonelli character, Mister No, was first introduced, Ferri illustrated the first issue and designed the first one one hundred and fifteen cover illustrations. Ferri also designed the covers of Specials 9 and 10 of the Comandante Mark series, and the cover of the small album enclosed with Special 9.

 

THE STAFF OF ZAGOR

 
Guido Nolitta, inventor of the series, script-writer and subject, he authored: Zagor nn. 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 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, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 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, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 141, 142, 143, 144, 148, 149, 150, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, Speciale Cico 1, Speciale Cico 2, Speciale Cico 3, Speciale Cico 4, Speciale Cico 5.

 
Gallieno Ferri, cover illustrator of the series and artwork creator, he authored: Zagor 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, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 104, 105, 106, 107, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 122, 123, 124, 125, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 136, 137, 138, 144, 145, 146, 148, 149, 150, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 167, 168, 169, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 186, 187, 188, 189, 200, 201, 202, 203, 212, 213, 214, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 234, 235, 236, 237, 241, 242, 243, 248, 249, 250, 251, 255, 256, 257, 258, 263, 264, 265, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 289, 290, 291, 300, 303, 304, 310, 311, 312, 318, 319, 320, 324, 325, 328, 329, 336, 337, 338, 341, 342, 350, 351, 352, 365, 368, 369, 376, 377, 378, 379, 394, 395, 396, 400, 407, 408, 425, 426, 431, 432, 433, 449, 450, 466, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 500, 501, 502, 503, 519, 520, 521, 532, 533, Speciale Cico 1, Speciale Cico 2, Speciale Cico 3, Speciale Cico 4, Speciale Cico 5, Speciale Zagor 1, Speciale Zagor 2, Speciale Zagor 3, Speciale Zagor 4, Speciale Zagor 5, Speciale Zagor 6, Speciale Zagor 7, Speciale Zagor 8, Speciale Zagor 9, Speciale Zagor 10, Speciale Zagor 13, Speciale Zagor 18.

 
Stefano Andreucci, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 330, 331, 362, 363, 364, 386, 387, 388, 420, 421, 422.

 
Franco Bignotti, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 26, 28, 29, 35, 36, 37, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 92, 93, 94, 95, 115, 116, 117, 118, 174, 180, 181, 182, 203, 204, 205, 217, 218, 219, 223, 224, 245, 246, 247.

 
Paolo Bisi, 510, 511, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2006.

 
Gianluigi Bonelli, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14.

 
Mauro Boselli, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 334, 335, 336, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 376, 377, 378, 379, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 397, 398, 399, 400, 411, 412, 413, 414, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 469, 470, 471, 479, 480, 481, 482, 490, 491, 492, 493, Almanacco dell'Avventura 1997, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2001, Speciale Zagor 4, Speciale Zagor 6, Speciale Zagor 8, Speciale Zagor 9, Speciale Zagor 11, Speciale Zagor 12.

 
Moreno Burattini, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 310, 311, 312, 318, 319, 320, 324, 325, 328, 329, 330, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 350, 351, 352, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 368, 369, 372, 373, 374, 375, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 405, 406, 407, 408, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 425, 426, 436, 437, 440, 441, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 453, 454, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 468, 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 485, 486, 487, 496, 497, 498, 499, 500, 506, 507, 508, 509, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 521, 522, 523, 524, 528, 529, 530, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 540, Almanacco dell'Avventura 1999, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2002, Almanacco dell' Avventura 2003, Speciale Cico 7, Speciale Cico 8, Speciale Cico 9, Speciale Cico 10, Speciale Cico 11, Speciale Cico 12, Speciale Cico 13, Speciale Cico 14, Speciale Cico 15, Speciale Cico 16, Speciale Cico 17, Speciale Cico 18, Speciale Cico 19, Speciale Cico 20, Speciale Cico 22, Speciale Cico 24, Speciale Cico 25, Speciale Cico 26, Speciale Cico 27, Speciale Zagor 5, Speciale Zagor 6, Speciale Zagor 7, Speciale Zagor 8, Speciale Zagor 9, Speciale Zagor 10, Speciale Zagor 13, Speciale Zagor 14, Speciale Zagor 15, Speciale Zagor 18, Speciale Zagor 19, Maxi Zagor 2000, Maxi Zagor 2001, Maxi Zagor 2002, Maxi Zagor 2003, Maxi Zagor 2005, Maxi Zagor 2007, Maxi Zagor 2007 bis, Maxi Zagor 2009.

 
Diego Cajelli, 504, 505, 510, 511, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2005, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2007, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2010.

 
Decio Canzio, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 139, 140, 141, 144, 145, 146, 161, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 209, 210, 211, 212.

 
Ade Capone, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 263, 264, 265, 289, 290, 291, 294, 295, 296, 307, 308, 309, 310, 316, 325, 326, 327, 330, 331, 501, 502, 503, 519, 520, 521, Maxi Zagor 2006, Maxi Zagor 2009 bis.

 
Giorgio Casanova, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 380, 381, 384, 385.

 
Gaetano Cassaro, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 331, 332, 359, 360, 361, 380, 381, 403, 404, 436, 437, 453, 454, Maxi Zagor 2003, Maxi Zagor 2007 bis.

 
Alfredo Castelli, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 76, 77, 147, 148, 150, 151, 152, 153, 172, 173, 174, 177, 178, 186, 187, 188, 189, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 226, 227, 228, 229.

 
Alessandro Chiarolla, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 355, 356, 357, 372, 373, 392, 393, 394, 417, 418, 419, 442, 443, 447, 448, 457, 458, 483, 484, 514, 515, 516, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2002, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2007, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2009, Speciale Zagor 15, Speciale Zagor 21, Maxi Zagor 2000, Maxi Zagor 2001.

 
Enzo Chiomenti, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 12.

 
Maurizio Colombo, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 370, 371, 403, 404, 409, 410, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2005, Speciale Zagor 7, Speciale Zagor 8, Speciale Zagor 11.

 
Mario Cubbino, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 17.

 
Roberto D'Arcangelo, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 401, 402, 438, 439, 461, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2008, Speciale Zagor 17, Maxi Zagor 2002.

 
Ottavio De Angelis, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 455, 456.

 
Raffaele Della Monica, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 353, 354, 370, 371, 397, 398, 399, 429, 430, 444, 445, 446, 455, 456, 479, 480, 481, 482, 525, 526, 527, Almanacco dell'Avventura 1997, Almanacco dell'Avventura 1999, Speciale Zagor 11, Maxi Zagor 2006.

 
Franco Devescovi, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 339, 340, 341.

 
Franco Donatelli, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 78, 79, 82, 83, 89, 90, 91, 92, 99, 101, 102, 103, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 119, 120, 121, 122, 125, 126, 127, 128, 133, 134, 135, 136, 139, 140, 141, 147, 148, 150, 151, 152, 154, 155, 156, 157, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 172, 173, 177, 178, 184, 185, 186, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 198, 199, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 215, 216, 217, 219, 220, 221, 224, 225, 226, 231, 232, 233, 234, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 243, 244, 251, 252, 253, 258, 259, 260, 265, 266, 267, 269, 270, 271, 273, 274, 275, 281, 282, 284, 285, 286, 291, 292, 293, 301, 302, 306, 307, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 321, 322, 329, 330, 343, 344, 374, 375, Maxi Zagor 2002.

 
Maurizio Dotti, artwork, he authored: Zagor nn. 409, 410, Speciale Zagor 9.

 
Roberto D’Arcangelo, script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn.

 
Nando e Denisio Esposito, (Esposito Bros.), disegnatori, hanno realizzato: Zagor nn. 517.

 
Tito Faraci, script-writer, he authored: Speciale Cico 21, Speciale Cico 23.

 
Francesco Gamba, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 140, 141, 156, 163, 164, 165, 175, 176, 183, 184, 189, 190, 191, 196, 197, 198, 298, 299, 325, 326, 327, 332, 333, 334, Speciale Cico 6, Speciale Cico 7, Speciale Cico 8, Speciale Cico 9, Speciale Cico 10, Speciale Cico 11, Speciale Cico 12, Speciale Cico 13, Speciale Cico 14, Speciale Cico 15, Speciale Cico 16, Speciale Cico 17, Speciale Cico 18, Speciale Cico 19, Speciale Cico 20, Speciale Cico 21, Speciale Cico 22, Speciale Cico 23, Speciale Cico 24, Speciale Cico 25, Speciale Cico 26, Speciale Cico 27.

 
Oliviero Gramaccioni, Speciale Zagor 22.

 
Mauro Laurenti, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 334, 335, 336, 348, 349, 350, 366, 367, 389, 390, 391, 422, 423, 424, 465, 467, 468, 504, 505, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2001, Maxi Zagor 2010.

 
Marcello Mangiantini, 488, 489, 538, 539, Speciale Zagor 19, Maxi Zagor 2009 bis.

 
Carlo Raffaele Marcello, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 345, 346, 347, 348, 411, 412, 413, 414, 434, 435, Speciale Zagor 6, Speciale Zagor 12.

 
Stefano Marzorati, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 401, 402.

 
Cesare Melloncelli, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 26, 28, 29, 50, 51, 65, 66.

 
Luigi Mignacco, script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 451, 452, 483, 484, 488, 489, 512, 513, 530, 531, 538, 539, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2006, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2009, Speciale Zagor 20, Maxi Zagor 2004, Maxi Zagor 2010.

 
Francesco Moretti, script-writer, he authored: Speciale Zagor 17, Maxi Zagor 2002.

 
Daniele Nicolai, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 234, 235, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253.

 
Joevito Nuccio, 534, 535, 536.

 
Diego Paolucci, subject, he authored: Zagor nn. 463, 464, Speciale Zagor 21.

 
Pierpaolo Pelò, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 382, 383.

 
Giorgio Pellizzari, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 245, 246, 247, 258, 259, 260.

 
Michele Pepe, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 247, 248, 260, 261, 268, 269, 282, 283, 284, 287, 288, 289, 296, 297, 304, 305, 308, 309, 310, 322, 323, 324, 415, 416.

 
Mirko Perniola, Maxi Zagor 2008.

 
Massimo Pesce, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 384, 385, 405, 406, 427, 428, 451, 452, 485, 486, 487, Maxi Zagor 2009.

 
Giorgio Pezzin, script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn 175, 176, 183, 184, 189, 190, 191.

 
Alessandro Piccinelli, 490, 491, 492, 493.

 
Renato Polese, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 316.

 
Stefano Priarone, subject, he authored: Zagor nn. 444, 445, 446.

 
Giuseppe Prisco, 528, 529, 530, Maxi Zagor 2007.

 
Renato Queirolo, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 330, 331.

 
Jacopo Rauch, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 438, 439, 442, 443, 494, 495, 525, 526, 527, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2008, Speciale Zagor 22.

 
Jacopo Rauch, script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 438, 439, 442, 443, 494, 495, 525, 526, 527, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2008, Speciale Zagor 22.

 
Michele Rubini, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 506, 507, 508, 509, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2005.

 
Alessandro Russo, script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn 322, 323, 324, 449, 450, Almanacco dell'Avventura 2004.

 
Tiziano Sclavi, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 184, 185, 186, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 221, 222, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, Speciale Cico 6.

 
Gianni Sedioli, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 463, 464, 494, 495, 512, 513, Maxi Zagor 2005, Maxi Zagor 2008.

 
Gianni Sedioli, 463, 464, 494, 495, 512, 513, Maxi Zagor 2005, Maxi Zagor 2008.

 
Pini Segna, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 141, 142, 143, 144, 152, 153, 165, 166, 167, 170, 171, 172, 221, 222.

 
Aldo Siciliano, subject and script-writer, he authored: Maxi Zagor 2000.

 
Giancarlo Tenenti, artwork creator, he authored: Zagor nn. 148.

 
Marcello Toninelli, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 203, 204, 205, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 223, 224, 225, 226, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 247, 248, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 260, 261, 262, 263, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 291, 292, 293, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 321, 322, 332, 333, 334, Speciale Zagor 1, Speciale Zagor 2, Speciale Zagor 3.

 
Marco Torricelli, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 253, 254, 255, 261, 262, 263, 271, 272, 273, 294, 295, 296, 307, 308, 309, 310, 357, 358, 359, 382, 383, 433, 434, 440, 441, 472, 473, Speciale Zagor 11, Speciale Zagor 16, Speciale Zagor 20.

 
Marco Verni, artwork creator, he authored: 459, 460, 461, 462, 496, 497, 498, 499, 521, 522, 523, 524, 540, Almanacco dell' Avventura 2003.

 
Bepi Vigna, subject and script-writer, he authored: Zagor nn. 331, 332.

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