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Comic Creator

Angelo Raffaele Todaro

Paul Bennett, Al Todd

(b. 17 December 1945, Italy)  Italy

Angelo Raffaele Todaro

Turok, by Angelo Todaro

Born in the Province of Taranto, Angelo Todaro moved to Rome at the beginning of the 1960s to attend the Artistic High School. He started cartooning for a local publisher in 1964, drawing the new comic character 'Gordon Scott' (in the tradition of 'Diabolik') and later the science fiction strip 'Alika' (1966).

Mandrake, by Angelo Todaro

In 1967 he started collaborating with the Fratelli Spada Editori in Ciampino near Rome. For this publishing house, he drew primarily stories with 'Mandrake'. He also worked with other USA characters, such as 'L'Uomo Mascherato' ('The Phantom') and a few episodes of 'Rip Kirby' (he signed these with the pseudonym Al Todd). Todaro then joined the comic agency of Alberto Giolitti, and began producing comics for publications abroad.

Buffalo Bill, by Angelo Todaro

Todaro worked on police series ('FBI') and westerns ('Lasso', 'Buffalo Bill') for the German Bastei Verlag. Several years later he drew war stories for three large weeklies of the Publishing House IPC in London, these comics were printed also in Italy with the name 'Collana Eroica'. Also for IPC, he produced the sports feature 'Martin's Marvelous Mini' in Tiger. Simultaneously, Todaro collaborated with Giolitti as his inker in creating two comic books for The Western Company of the United States: 'Turok' and 'Star Trek'.

The Marvelous Mini, by Angelo Todaro

In addition for his foreign work, Todaro made a series of albums for the Milanese publisher Editore Ediperiodici under the pseudonym Paul Bennett. From the 1970s through the 1990s, he drew the stories of 'Oltretomba', 'Terror', 'Terror Blu' and a series of other comics of this genre. In recent years, Todaro has been drawing strips for tourist magazines on themes concerning the environment, sports, history and fantasy. He is also author of several historical books about among others World War II.

Terror, by Angelo TodaroTerror, by Angelo Todaro

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Last updated: 2012-06-14

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