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Comic Creator

Daniel Branca

(7 December 1951 - 28 January 2005, Argentina)  Argentina

Daniel  Branca

Donald Duck, by Daniel Branca
Donald Duck - A Job For Bernhard (D 88121, 1989)

Daniel Branca was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951. He began his career at age 16, working as an assistant animator for an advertising agency. In the following year, he also worked for a local TV station, as well as some educational publications. In 1971, he began a collaboration with fellow artist Oscar Fernández. Together, they drew numerous comics for El Clan de Mac Perro, a supplement of the magazine Billiken.

Doña Tele, by Daniel Branca and Oscar Fernandez
Doña Tele

After 'Doña Tele', their first collective work with texts by Silvia Bolster, Branca and Fernández drew 'Barbeta y Grunchi' and two episodes of 'Mac Perro'. Together with writer Enrique Pinti, they revived 'El Mono Relojero', one of the initial series of Billiken magazine. Branca and Fernández also cooperated on the magazine Satiricón, for which they produced 'El Sátiro Virgen' with texts by Oskar Blotta in 1972.

Sir Bombin, by Branca & Fernandez
Sir Bombin

Branca moved to Barcelona, Spain in 1976. There, he initially worked for Bruguera publishers, drawing the series 'Caramelot' and 'Sir Bombin' (again in cooperation with Fernández) in Zipi y Zape and in Gaby, Miliki y Fofito. He eventually began an association with the Bardon Art agency a year later.

Donald Duck, by Daniel Branca

Through this agency, he started drawing Disney comics for the Danish publisher Egmont. Branca became one of the most notable Disney artists for European publications, and he has worked with most Disney characters, but mainly with the Ducks. He took a break in the early 1980s, and went to study painting in Paris. He moved to Mallorca in 1984 and back to Buenos Aires in 1985, where he continued to draw Duck stories.

Donald Duck by Daniel Branca
Donald Duck - Destroy-It-Yourself (D 2003-247)

Branca's vivid artwork was at it's best in the portrayals of Donald's dog Bolivar and the escalating quarrels between Donald and his neighbor Jones. His style is close to that of Carl Barks of the 1960s. He developed this conventional style to a more smooth and dashing one, using more speed in his artwork. Among his pupils are the Disney artists José Massaroli and Wanda Gattino. In the 1990s, Branca returned to Billiken with the series 'Montana'.

Montana, by Daniel Branca
Montana

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