Tanino Liberatore

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Tanino Liberatore

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Tanino Liberatore at Lucca Comics & Games 2015
Born Gaetano Liberatore
(1953-04-12) April 12, 1953 (age 65)
Nationality Italian
  • Cartoonist
  • Writer
  • Artist
  • Publisher
  • Letterer
  • Notable works
    Collaborators Stefano Tamburini

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    Life and work

    Born in Quadri (province of Chieti), Liberatore went to high school in Pescara where he met comics artist Andrea Pazienza. He later finished his architectural studies at the University of Rome. From 1974 to 1978, he designed record covers for RCA. In 1978 he met Stefano Tamburini and published his first work in Tamburini's comics magazine Cannibale . In 1978 Rank Xerox was born, a cyborg-punk, ultra strong creature created by Tamburini. Several stand alone hardcover albums ensued, translated in several languages.

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