Born in Milan, Ferdinando Corbella got his artistic education in Brera. At the age of 15, he was already illustrating postcards and assisting the painter Fontana in the realization of advertising billboards. Three years later, he joined the animation studios Million Film, where he worked with Vittorio and Carlo Cossio and contributed to the film 'La Rosa di Bagdad'.
From 1948, Corbella worked for La Vispa Teresa, for which he illustrated covers and comics like 'La formula 37'. He also made stories with 'Cucciolo' for Caregaro, and 'Biancaneve' for Mondadori. Between 1949 and 1953 he worked for publisher Gianni De Simoni on comics series like 'Piccola Freccia' (with scriptwriter Dalmasso) and 'Tigre Bianca'. In 1950, he began a collaboration with the publishing house Universo, working on the series 'Roland Eagle' (in Intrepido), 'Narciso Putiferio' (in Monello), 'Rick Provvidenza' (in Albi dell'Intrepido) and 'Commissario Grasset'. He additionally worked for the British and French markets.
In 1965, he produced three episodes of 'Diabolik'. During the 1970s, he cooperated with his son Roberto on comics for the Scarpantibus monthly. He was also present in Full. Health problems forced him to quit his activities for Universo in the 1980s. Corbella spent his final years painting and passed away in the 1990s.