Blek, by Carlo Cedroni

Carlo Cedroni, also known as Pete West, was born in Velletri (Rome). A self-taught artist, he started his career in 1953, drawing the western series 'Colorado Kid' and 'Freccia Rossa' for the Erre-Ci group, together with his friend Annibale Casabianca. His series 'Mocassino Nero' was published in Collana del Puma from scripts by Kappa between 1954 and 1956. It was later also published in France as 'Mocassin Noir' by Éditions des Remparts.

Cedroni then contributed to Romoletto (1955), Albi dell'Impavido (1958) and the SF magazine Il Pioniere (1956-1958). Between 1956 and 1964 he worked for le Éditions Aventures et Voyages in Paris on series like 'Bayard', 'Nick Barrier' ('Nic Reporter') and 'Rouletabille'.

Trapper John by Carlo Cedroni
Trapper John

In Rome he drew some covers of 'Mandrake' for Fratelli Spada (1968). From the 1960s onwards, Cedroni and his assistant Luciano Bernasconi were working for Barbato & Mancini's Barman studios, that produced comics for Marcel Navarro's publishing house Lug in Lione.

Martin Mystère by Carlo Cedroni
Martin Mystère

Cedroni has drawn series like 'Don Juan l'Épervier', 'Jim Lasso', 'Blek' (on which he alternated on the artwork with Jean-Yves Mitton), 'Apollon', 'Trapper John' and 'Drago', which were all published in Lug's magazines Rodeo, Hondo, Kiwi, Nevada, etc. Cedroni's final work in the comic book field was illustrating on episode of the popular Bonelli serial 'Martin Mystère' in 1988. Cedroni was a painter in the last 20 years of his life.

Don Juan l'Epervier, by Carlo Cedroni
Don Juan l'Epervier
Carlo Cedroni

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