Mister No, by Fabrizio Busticchi
Mister No

Fabrizio Busticchi was a Milanese comic book artist, who has worked on many comic books for Sergio Bonelli Editore since the 1990s. Born in Milan, he got his degree in graphic design at the Art Institute of Monza. He began his professional career as an illustrator for the publishing house Rizzoli. From the mid-1970s, he made his first comic stories for magazines like Corrier Boy (for which he drew the series 'Edge'), L'Intrepido, SuperGulp! and Full. The latter was a short-lived magazine of Bonelli in 1983, the publishing house for which Busticchi would work almost exclusively for the rest of his career.

In the Mondadori magazine SuperGulp!, he worked with writer Alfredo Castelli on the comic series about adventurer/archeologist 'Allan Quatermain' (1975-1980), a contemporary version of the protagonist from H. Rider Haggards' adventure novel 'King Solomon's Mines' (1885) and its sequels. The character was also a forerunner of Bonelli's famous series 'Martin Mystère', which Castelli created with the artist Giancarlo Alessandrini in 1982. Busticchi drew the 'Allan Quatermain' comic strip segments in 'Martin Mystère' issue 112 in 1991, drawn by Nando and Denisio Esposito.

Allan Quatermain by Fabrizio Busticchi
Allan Quatermain comics segment in Martin Mystère #112

In 1993 Busticchi became part of the art team of the Bonelli series 'Mister No', about a retired World War II soldier who tries to live a quiet and peaceful life in the Brazilian Rain Forest, but always ends up in dangerous situations. The artist worked on 30 books in this series in a steady cooperation with inker Luana Paesani until the end of its run in 2006. Busticchi and Paesani continued their collaboration on other Bonelli series, such as 'Demian' (three issues in 2006-2007, and two special issues in 2010-2011), 'Saguaro' (four issues from 2012-2015) and the final issue of the 'Nathan Never' spin-off 'Universo Alfa' (2012).

Fabrizio Busticchi passed away in Milan on 15 February 2017, at the age of 63.

Demian by Busticchi and Paesani
Demian #3

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