Milo Manara

Last updated
Milo Manara
Milo Manara Lodz 2008.jpg
BornMaurilio Manara
(1945-09-12) 12 September 1945 (age 77)
Lüsen (Luson), South Tyrol, Italy
Area(s)Artist, writer
Notable works
The Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman
Indian Summer
Awards Full list

Maurilio Manara ( /məˈnɑːrə/ ; born 12 September 1945), known professionally as Milo Manara, is an Italian comic book writer and artist.



After architecture and painting studies, he made his comics debut in 1969 drawing for Genius, a Fumetti neri series of pocket books from publisher Furio Vanio in the wake of the popularity of Kriminal and Satanik . [1] In 1970, he illustrated for the magazine Terror, and starting in 1971 drew the erotic series Jolanda de Almaviva written by Francisco Rubino, issued in small format by publisher Erregi. Joining the youth magazine Il Corriere dei Ragazzi, he worked with Rubino, Carlo Barbieri, Mino Milani and Silverio Pisú. [2] With Pisú Manara launched the publications Telerompo and Strategia della Tensione in 1974 and the series Alessio, Il Borghese Rivoluzionario, and with writer Mino Milani the series La parola alla giuria in 1975. Manara and Pisú later went on to publish Lo Scimmiotto (The Ape) along the story of the Chinese Monkey King in Alter Linus in 1976, and with Alfredo Castelli, L'Uomo delle Nevi (The Snowman) in 1978. [2]

During this period Manara began publishing work in several Franco-Belgian comics magazines including Charlie Mensuel , Pilote and L'Écho des savanes . [1] For (A SUIVRE) Manara created the first stories featuring HP and Giuseppe Bergman , which grew to become a large body of work. The character "HP" is based on Manara's friend, the Italian comics creator Hugo Pratt, and a collaborator on some of Manara's most acclaimed work, initially Tutto ricominciò con un'estate indiana (1983, Indian Summer) and later El Gaucho (1991). Manara also completed two stories working with another of his heroes, Federico Fellini. [1] In his own right Manara has been commended on his skills as a writer, as with the western L'uomo di carta (1982, The Paper Man). [2]

Erotic illustration typical of Manara's style as it comes to expression in his Click series. ManaraClic.gif
Erotic illustration typical of Manara's style as it comes to expression in his Click series.

Manara's reputation for producing comics that revolve around elegant, beautiful women caught up in unlikely and fantastical erotic scenarios became solidified with work such as Il Gioco (1983, also known as Click or Le Déclic), about a device which renders women helplessly aroused; Il Profumo dell'invisibile (1986, Butterscotch), introducing the heroine Miele (Honey) and a sweet-smelling body-paint which makes the wearer invisible; and Candid camera (1988, Hidden Camera), featuring the same protagonist in further explicit adventures. In the following years of combining sequels, original work, and collaborations with noted creators, Manara's production continued in this direction to explore erotic comics themes with an artistic and storytelling expression in a manner considered unique to Manara.

In the U.S. The Ape was serialised in Heavy Metal in the early 1980s and Manara received some exposure through collaborations with Neil Gaiman and other artists.

Later work

In connection with their joint project Quarantasei, in July 2006, Manara designed a helmet for Moto GP rider Valentino Rossi, specifically made for the Italian GP in Mugello. Rossi declared:

"He has drawn some kind of a mythical history of my life, in cartoons, with some of my heroes such as Steve McQueen, Enzo Ferrari, Jim Morrison, and other characters such as my dog Guido, the chicken Osvaldo and a lot of beautiful women! I really like Milo...he's a person that I have admired for a long time."

In 2003, Manara's work featured on the cover of Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro's second studio album The Vertigo of Bliss . Manara also created the artwork for all the singles released from this album.

In October 2006, Manara developed character designs for the animated television series City Hunters . The series, of ten 11-minute episodes, blends traditional animation techniques with modern CGI, to be broadcast across all of Latin America on the FOX network throughout 2006 and 2007.

Manara penciled an X-Men project written by Chris Claremont for Marvel Comics called X-Men: Ragazze in fuga that released in April 2009 in Italy, and was later reprinted in short circulation by Marvel Comics in English as X-Women. [3]

In 2013 he started to do low print variant covers for issues of Marvel comic books.

He was profiled in the 2011 documentary film Derailments (Deragliamenti). [4]



Original titleEnglish titleYearRemarks
Jolanda de Almaviva – La Figlia del Mare1971written by Francesco Rubino
La parola alla giuria1975written by Mino Milani
Alessio, Il Borghese RivoluzionarioAlessio1975written by Silverio Pisu
Lo scimmiottoThe Ape1976written by Silverio Pisu
Un uomo un'avventura: L'uomo delle neviThe Snowman1978written by Alfredo Castelli
HP e Giuseppe BergmanHP and Giuseppe Bergman1978
Le avventure asiatiche di Giuseppe BergmanThe Indian Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman1980
L'uomo di carta, o Quattro ditaThe Paper Man1982
L'ultimo tragico giorno di Gori Bau e Callipigia SisterThe Last Tragic Day of Gori Bau & The Callipygian Sister 1982originally in Frigidaire #25, translation in Shorts and Manara Erotica Volume One
Tutto ricominciò con un'estate IndianaIndian Summer1983with Hugo Pratt
Il gioco Click1983
Il diario di Sandra F.The Diaries/Diary of Sandra F.1985translation in Heavy Metal #199503 and Manara Erotica Volume Two
Il profumo dell'invisibileButterscotch1986
Candid cameraHidden Camera1988
L'apparenza inganna1988
Viaggio a TulumTrip to Tulum1989with Federico Fellini
L'arte della sculacciataThe Art of Spanking1989written by Jean-Pierre Enard
Le avventure africane di Giuseppe BergmanAn Author in Search of Six Characters and Dies Irae1990Published as a serial in Heavy Metal Magazine (1984-1985)
Breakthrough1990Written by Neil Gaiman
Il gioco 2Click 21991
El GauchoEl Gaucho1991with Hugo Pratt
Il sogno di Oengus1991written by Giordano Berti
Il viaggio di G. Mastorna detto FernetThe Voyage of G. Mastorna1992with Federico Fellini
La feu aux entrailles1993with Pedro Almodóvar
Il gioco vol.3Click 31994
Storie breviShorts1995
I viaggi di Gulliver, o GulliverianaGulliveriana or Gullivera1995based on text by Jonathan Swift
KamasutraManara's Kama Sutra1997based on text by Vatsyayana
Star, Starlettes e BaguettesFantasies1997In L'Echo des Savanes 1997 & Pin-Up Art English in Heavy Metal #199903
Ballata in si bemolleFatal Rendezvous1997
Appuntamento fataleRendezvous in B-Flat1997translation printed in Manara Erotica Volume One
L'asino d'oroThe Golden Ass1999based on text by Apuleius
Le avventure metropolitane di Giuseppe BergmanThe Urban Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman1999
Tre ragazze nella retewww.2000
Il gioco vol.4Click 42001
Il profumo dell'invisibile 2Butterscotch 22001
Le donne di ManaraWomen of Manara2001
Fuga da PiranesiPiranese: The Prison Planet2002
Il pittore e la modellaThe Model2002
Pin-up art2002
AphroditeAphrodite, Book 12003written by Pierre Louÿs
Donne e motori2003
L'odissea di BergmanThe Odyssey of Giuseppe Bergman2004
I Borgia – La conquista del papatoBorgia 1: Blood for the Pope2004with Alejandro Jodorowsky
The Sandman: Endless Nights 2004written by Neil Gaiman; Manara illustrated one chapter, "What I've Tasted of Desire"
I Borgia vol.2 – Il potere e l'incestoBorgia 2: Power and Incest2006with Alejandro Jodorowsky
Quarantasei2006with Valentino Rossi
Gli Occhi di PandoraPandora's Eyes2007written by Vincenzo Cerami
I Borgia vol. 3Borgia 3: Flames from Hell2008with Alejandro Jodorowsky
X-Men: Ragazze in fugaX-Women2009written by Chris Claremont
I Borgia vol. 4 - Tutto è VanitàBorgia 4: All is Vanity2010with Alejandro Jodorowsky
Caravaggio vol. 1 - La Tavolozza e la SpadaCaravaggio 1 - The Palette and the Sword2015
Caravaggio vol. 1 - La GraziaCaravaggio 2 - The Grace2018


See also


  1. 1 2 3 Lambiek Comiclopedia. "Milo Manara".
  2. 1 2 3 Comiquendo online. "Milo Manara" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on July 1, 2007.
  3. Phegley, Kiel (April 7, 2010). "Claremont Unveils X-Women". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  4. "Derailments: A short film based on a famous unmade film and the friendship between Fellini and Manara will be shown in Toronto today and tomorrow". L'Uomo Vogue , September 12, 2011.
  5. Immagine-Centro Studi Iconografici. "13° SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEI COMICS, LUCCA 13, 1978" (in Italian).
  6. "1998 Harvey Award Winners". Archived from the original on September 3, 2007.
  7. Brodart Graphic Novels. "2004 Eisner Award Recipients".

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hugo Pratt</span> Italian comic book creator (1927–1995)

Ugo Eugenio Prat, better known as Hugo Pratt, was an Italian comic book creator who was known for combining strong storytelling with extensive historical research on works such as Corto Maltese. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2005. In 1946 Hugo Pratt became part of the so-called Group of Venice with Fernando Carcupino, Dino Battaglia and Damiano Damiani.

Notable events of 1963 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Italian comics</span> Comics originating in Italy

Italian comics, also known as fumetto[fuˈmetto], plural form fumetti[fuˈmetti], are comics that originate in Italy. The most popular Italian comics have been translated into many languages. The term fumetto refers to the distinctive word balloons that contain the dialogue in comics.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Claire Bretécher</span> French cartoonist (1940–2020)

Claire Bretécher was a French cartoonist, known particularly for her portrayals of women and gender issues. Her creations included Les Frustrés, and the unimpressed teenager Agrippine.

<i>Click</i> (comics)

Click! is a series of erotic Italian comic books written and illustrated by comic book creator Milo Manara. It was first published in 1983 as Il gioco in the Italian Playmen and as Déclic in L'Écho des savanes in France. Three sequels have followed, in 1991, 1994 and 2001.

Georges Pichard was a French comics artist, known for numerous magazine covers, serial publications and albums, stereotypically featuring partially exposed voluptuous women.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri</span> Italian comic book writer and illustrator

Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri is an Italian comic book writer and illustrator, noted for his works of highly detailed renderings of the human form, particularly erotic images of women. He is best known for his work on the Druuna erotic science fiction series.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jean-Claude Forest</span>

Jean-Claude Forest was a French writer and illustrator of comics and the creator of character Barbarella.

<i>LÉcho des savanes</i>

L’Écho des Savanes is a Franco-Belgian comics magazine founded in May 1972 by Claire Bretécher, Marcel Gotlib and Nikita Mandryka. It featured the work of French and international authors and graphic artists in mature-oriented comics over the course of 34 years and temporarily ended publication in December 2006. It was relaunched in 2008.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jacques de Loustal</span> French comics artist (born 1956)

Jacques de Loustal is a French comics artist who uses a painterly style reminiscent of David Hockney.

Dino Battaglia was an Italian comic artist, noted for a distinctive and expressive style, best known for his visual adaptations of classic novels.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Giancarlo Alessandrini</span> Italian comic artist (born 1950)

Giancarlo Alessandrini is an Italian comic artist.

Georges Bess is a comics artist and comic book creator, best known for his collaborations with Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Jacques Lob was a French comic book creator, known for several comics creations, including Superdupont.

Notable events of 1973 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Notable events of 1978 in comics. See also List of years in comics. This is a list of comics-related events in 1978.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Guido Buzzelli</span> Italian painter

Guido Buzzelli was an Italian comic book artist, writer, illustrator and painter.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Guido Crepax</span> Italian comics artist (1933–2003)

Guido Crepas, better known by his pen name Guido Crepax, was an Italian comics artist. He is most famous for his character Valentina, created in 1965 and very representative of the spirit of the 1960s. The Valentina series of books and strips became noted for Crepax's sophisticated drawing, and for the psychedelic, dreamlike storylines, generally involving a strong dose of erotism. His work was often politically motivated too, inspired by his Communist convictions. A film based on his work called Baba Yaga, featuring the character Valentina, was made in 1973.

Derailments is a Canadian documentary film, directed by Chelsea McMullan and released in 2011. The film profiles Italian cartoonist Milo Manara, and his reminiscences about creating a comics version of Federico Fellini's unfinished film Il Viaggio di Mastorna detto Fernet.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mino Milani</span> Italian writer, cartoonist, and historian (1928–2022)

Mino Milani was an Italian writer, cartoonist, journalist and historian. During his career he also used several pseudonyms, including Stelio Martelli, Eugenio Ventura, Piero Selva, Mungo Graham Alcesti and T. Maggio.