Giancarlo Alessandrini

Giancarlo Alessandrini was born in Jesi, in the province of Ancona, Italy on March 20, 1950.

He entered the comics world in 1972, and started working for Il Corriere dei Ragazzi where he met Aldo Di Gennaro and started to work with the scriptwriter Mino Milani (who also used the pen-names E. Ventura and Piero Selva). His first story was Il Cifrario del Maggiore Martin from the series L'inviato nel Tempo. Following that, he worked with other scriptwriters like Pier Carpi, Manocchia, Alfredo Castelli, and Maltese.

In 1973, he launched out in the series Anni 2000, again with Milani for Corriere dei Ragazzi. This fantasy series continued for 10 episodes until 1974. The following year, he created Lord Shark with his Milan accomplice and drew the first 12 episodes. At this point in his career he joined the Giolitti studio and draw some war stories for Fleetway including The Terror Behind the Bamboo Curtain and Sergeant without Stripes for Battle, as well as La cortina di bambù for Dardo (the editor of Blek).

Cover from Martin Mystère by Alessandrini.

In 1976, he drew some more stories for the Corriere dei Ragazzi, in particular Il Maestro, but a dispute with his editor resulted in his leaving the Corriere. Next Alessandrini drew Eva Kant (the partner of Diabolik) for the Italian edition of the Cosmopolitan with texts by Gomboli and Castelli. These episodes were later re-issued in Il Mago in 1976: Il Mago was a monthly comic magazine published by Mondadori between 1972 and 1980 and reprinted the episodes of Eva Kant in issues 57-61 in 1976.

His collaboration with Castelli and his work on Lord Shark did not go unnoticed by the publisher Bonelli who asked him to draw a number of episodes of Un Uomo, un Avventura (A Man, an Adventure).

In the early 1980s Alessandrini created the strip for which he is probably best known, Martin Mystère (also written by Castelli).

In 1982, Alfredo Castelli, who had created a character of an adventurous archaeologist, à la Indianna Jones, proposed to the publisher Bonelli Martin Mystère with Alessandrini as the main artist. Alessandrini went on to draw all the covers of the series as well as many of the episodes (this was published in France in the comic Mustang). In 1983, Bonelli had just repurchased the rights to Orient Express that they were planning to re-issue in a larger size and in full colour. They asked Alessandrini to create the first new story entitled Il sorriso della Gioconda.

In 1990, he drew L'uomo di Mosca for the review Torpedo based on a story by Roberto Dal Prà. This album was published in France by Bagheera with a pre-publication in the review France Soir.

Alessandrini received the prize for Best Artist of the Year by ANAF. He also recieved the covetted Yellow Kid Award at Lucca.

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