strip for L'Asino, by Rata Langa

Born in Montelupone, Gabriele Galantara was an Italian socialist with a scientific background, known throughout Europe for his caricatures. In 1892, he teamed up with Guido Podrecca to launch the satirical weekly L'Asino. The first issue appeared on 27 November 1892, and Galantara drew covers, cartoons and comic strips for the magazine under the penname Rata Langa. Around 1924, Galantara cooperated with the anti-fascist magazine Il Becco Giallo, for which he was arrested and sent to jail in 1926. Released in 1927, Galantaro has lived in probation until his death in 1937. During the final years of his life, Galantara painted, worked in animation and cooperated anonymously with the humorous newspaper Marc Aurelio.

cover of L'Asino

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Last updated: 2009-01-22

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