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Comic books based on Inspector Gadget episodes were published by Editions Greantori

Bruno Bianchi was a French animator, best-known for co-creating the classic 80s cartoon series 'Inspector Gadget'. Originally from Tours, Bianchi studied at the Brassart art school. He joined the animation department of DiC Entertainment in 1977, where he worked alongside Philippe Bouchet (Manchu), Jean Barbaud and Marie-Pierre Journet.

Early comic strip by Bruno Bianchi
Early comic art by Bruno Bianchi

The four artists, joined by their friend Patrick Lavaud, also ventured into the world of comic fanzines. They launched Basket Bitume, for which they won the "Saucisson Smith" award at the 1979 Angoulême Comics Festival. With Philippe Pitaud, Bianchi also published BD-SIGHT and the comic book 'Même l'enfer est irrespirable'. For his comic artwork, Bianchi generally used the pen name B.Burn's.

Meme l'enfer est irrespirable

At DiC, Bianchi had participated as a director in projects like 'Cro et Bronto' and 'Archibald the Magic Dog', before co-creating the clumsy cyborg inspector with Andy Heyward and DiC founder Jean Chalopin in 1981. 'Inspector Gadget' fought against Dr. Claw's evil M.A.D. organization for two seasons, and ran from 1983 to 1986. The series has continued to air in reruns, and has spawned comic book series and a live action film by Disney in 1999.

From the 1980s until the early 2000s, Bianchi has worked on several other cartoon series, not only for DiC, but also for Saban Entertainment and S.I.P. Animation. He has production, art and director's credits on 'Heathcliff', 'Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors', 'MASK', 'Rainbow Brite', 'Iznogoud', 'W.I.T.C.H.', 'Diplodos', 'Beverly Hills Teens', 'Princess Sissi' and 'Gadget and the Gadgetinis'. He continued to work through his own studio, Ginkgo Animation, from 2008 until his death in December 2011.

Inspector Gadget comic
Comic based on the 'Inspector Gadget' episode 'Monster Lake' (artist unknown)

 Bruno Bianchi tribute at comixtrip.fr

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