Guido - Crepax
Born in Milan in 1933, Guido Crepax created his very first comic strip at the age of 12. Despite his degree in Architecture, he preferred working in the field of commercial art, releasing ads for brands like Shell, Campari, Esso, Standa, Rizzoli, Dunlop and, later, Terital, Iveco, Fuji, Breil and Honda. Courtesy of the magazine Linus, in 1965 he returned to comics and created his world- famous character: Valentina, one of the few existing female-heroines of comics, the only one who has aged along with her creator. His comic-versions of a number of literary classics - Emanuelle and Story of O, as well as Justine and Venus in Furs, Dracula and Frankenstein, Doctor Jeckyll and Mister Hyde and The Turn of the Screw, Poe and Kafka – are neat and accurate.
Altogether he drew more than 5000 comic-tables, while his books have been published in about 200 editions in the most known languages. During his 40-years career he’s also made hundreds of illustrations for newspapers, record-covers, furniture completions, fashion and design. As pastime he loved making up board games. He’s been working in drama, as well, and drawing dozens of lithographic prints. Several solo exhibitions have been dedicated to him both in Italy and abroad. Many an intellectual has been writing about him: Roland Barthes, Alan Robbe-Grillet, Umberto Eco and many more. He passed away on the 31st of July, 2003.