Ákis Avagianós (Άκης Αβαγιανός) is a Greek illustrator, active in the local comic book industry during at least the 1960s and 1970s. He worked on Greek editions of foreign series like 'Classics Illustrated', 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Popeye'.

Classics Ilustrated
As a cartoonist, Avagianós was involved with the Atlantis publishing house of Giorgos Pechlivanidis. In 1951, the publisher began releasing Greek translations of the American 'Classics Illustrated' ('Κλασσικά Εικονογραφημένα') series, presenting literary classics in comic book format. By October 1953, the translated issues were supplemented with locally produced installments, presenting tales from Byzantine/Greek history and ancient mythology. Coordinated and written by editor Vassilis Rotas, several issues appeared until the early 1960s. Avagianós illustrated issues based on Homer's epic poems 'The Odyssey' (1961) and 'The Iliad' (1961).

Licensed comic books
During the 1970s, Avagianós appeared in several comic books with licensed characters, published by Ioannis Dragounis and his Rudder Press. From 1973 on, he made most of the cover illustrations for the Greek Popeye (Popáy/Ποπάυ) comic book, collecting the Bud Sagendorf run on E.C. Segar's creation. He also illustrated many covers for 'Gaur Tarzan' ('Γκαουρ Ταρζαν'), Greek jungle hero, similar to 'Tarzan'. Between 1976 and 1978, he drew the educational back-up features in the Greek Bugs Bunny (Banks Bány/Μπάγκς Μπάννυ) weekly. 'Megales Morfes' ("Great Figures") brought biographies of great historical characters, and 'Ta Zóa tou Planíti mas' ("The Animals of our Planet") portrayed animals in their natural environment, all in four panels with informative captions. Avagianós also provided the editorial illustrations, including cut-out figures with characters from Greek folklore (such as the shadow theater character 'Karagiozis'), posters with Warner Bros characters and drawings of military uniforms for the magazine's backpage.

Illustrator
During the 1980s and 1990s, Avagianós was an illustrator for educational children's books and magazines, including the sports magazine Mathaíno me ton Róky ta spor ("I Learn Sports with Rocky") by Harmi Press. He has also made cover illustrations for Greek editions of Mark Twain novels.

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