Raffaele Paparella

Henry Plummer by Raffaele Paparella published in the Billy the Kid Book of Picture Stories for 1959.

Born on Boxing Day (26th December) 1915 in Milan, Italy. At the age of 21 he replied to an advert in the newspaper for an Insertion Editor, where his first work was creating humorous captions in newspapers such as L'Asso sportivo and La piccola italiana. By 1940 he had moved to the giant Bonelli publishers and was creating drawings for Il Vittorioso, in particular the western Il terrore del Colorado. Although he became a master in various genres of comic strip, he even illustrated La Bibbia illustratata per la giovente (The Illustrated Bible), it was the western that would earn him his reputation. Amongst his best known work was Boy Earp and Pecos Bill.

He continued working on a number of comic strips for the Bonelli group until 1958 when he also started to take on work via the art agencies. For Fleetway he drew five Robin Hood and one John Steele story for Thriller Picture Library. He also illustrated 2 stories in the Billy The Kid Book of Picture Stories for 1959 (Buffalo Bill and Henry Plummer), and three Kit Carson stories (Nos. 265 - Indian Fighter, 345- Three Desperate Men, 357 - Prophecy of Doom) as well as Davy Crockett (No. 295- The Iron Man, 331-Secret of Sentinel Hill) stories for Cowboy Picture Library, and finally two stories for the Kit Carson Annual.

From 1963 to 1994 he worked solely for the French publisher LUG (apart from a brief story in Aigle Noir - Les Tunique Rouge - for Segedition in 1963).

Paparella died on the 11th November 2001 at the age of 86.


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