Lupettino, by A.L. Castellari

Alfonso and Lorenzo Castellari are primarly known as the main artists of '(Principe) Lupettino', a 1950s funny animal comic book about the king of Luponia, published subsequently by Turel, Edizioni Pegaso, Edizioni Diana and Edizioni Flaminia in Rome. Prior to this, Alfonso had worked as a colorist for Benito Jacovitti at Il Vittorioso, while Lorenzo also worked for the educational publications of publisher Gabriele Gioggi. The Catellari brothers also created comics based on the Italian comedian Totò for Edizioni Diana (1953-1954), and stories in rhyme with characters like 'Arlecchino & Pulcinella'. The latter initially appeared in the magazines of Editrice Flaminia and eventually in Bimbo & Bimba weekly (later Fix e Fox). In the 1960s, they illustrated stories with the rabbit 'Scubidu' for Editrice Flaminia (1960-1961), and made game pages and illustrations for Il Giornalino.

Many sources list the credit for 'Lupettino' and the 'Totò' comic to "A.L. Castellari", most likely the brothers, but other sources mention a certain Ornella Castellari as the creator of 'Lupettino'. Ornella Castellari is also credited as the creator of 'Orsettino' and 'Zumbo & Billa in the collection Albi del Quadrifoglio by Casa Editrice Centrale. 'Osettino' later also appeared in the Lupettino comic book. The real identity of the author(s) is therefore yet to be discovered...

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