comic art by Enrico De Seta

Enrico De Seta made his first drawings at age fourteen in Serenissimo. Soon, he worked for other magazines, such as Il Travaso and Marc Aurelio, where he created characters like Giovanno-qui-obéit and Bacù. The latter was very successful in the 1930s in Italy and could be compared in popularity to 'Astérix'. In 1936, De Seta founded Argentovivo magazine. In this magazine, he created various series of his own, like 'Rosmarino', 'Saltaleone', 'Ping Pong' and 'Sottoterrestre', as well as scenarios for artists like Rino Albertarelli, Walter Molino, Nino Pagot and Franco Caprioli.

comic art by Enrico De Seta

During World War II Enrico De Seta worked for Il Balilla, a magazine for young fascists. There, he created 'Giogettoo et Circillone', a satirical series about king George VI and his minister Churchill. However, Mussolini forbid the comic, because it gave the young readers a too positive view of the enemy. In 1945 De Seta founded caricature studios Funny Face Shop, followed in 1947 by the humorous Belzebu magazine. A year later, he left the comics field to focus on drawing advertisements and cinema posters. He died in 2008, after a long career, at age 100.

comic art by Enrico De Seta

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