Comic art by Francho

Arnoldo Franchioni was an Argentinian comic artist and cartoonist, who worked under the pen name Francho. He is best known for his work for US publications like Cracked and MAD Magazine. Born in Buenos Aires, he began his career working for publications from Argentina and Chile. He began his career in 1947 drawing soccer jokes for the Sunday edition of the newspaper Democracia. For this paper he also created the daily strip 'Cándido', that ran from 1947 to 1961. He additionally contributed to the daily Noticias Gráficas and to magazines like Descamisada, Suspenso, Vea y Lea, Estampa, Medio Litro, Loco Lindo, Bomba H, Tío Vivo, Cosquillas and especially Guillermo Divito's Rico Tipo.

Historias De Cinco Guitas
Historias De Cinco Guitas

In late 1953 he began his collaboration with Avivato magazine, for which he created such features as 'Album De Familia' (1954-1958), 'Camotito' (1954-1959), 'Historias De Cinco Guitas' (1954-1959) and 'Los Tres Malditos' (1957-1962). His comic strips 'Cascarita' and 'Huacipito' were published in Chile from 1959 to 1962. Franchioni additionally worked as a performer for Argentina television and radio in the late 1950s and 1960s.

From the 1960s he began to focus on working for the US market, just like his compatriots like Osvaldo Laino, Vic Martin, Dino Battaglia and Alfredo Olivera. Francho initially worked as a packager for Stan Lee in New York, but he also worked on a number of children's books for publishers like Multimedia Education, Talking Page, Dan Turner Inc. and Shepsel Books. He also designed greeting cards and made a daily strip called 'Professor Take It Easy' for a local newspaper.

Captain Marvel by Leon Francho
Captain Marvel, generally credited to "Leon Francho"

Francho is most likely also the artist behind the infamous and short-lived rendition of 'Captain Marvel', a superhero that was able to split himself, whose adventures were written by Roger Elwood and Carl Hubbell and published by M.F. Enterprises in 1966-1967. These rather obscure comic stories are generally credited to an artist named Leon Francho.

A MAD look at by Francho

In 1964 he began working for the satirical magazine Cracked, and he was a regular artist with this publication by Major Magazines from 1968 throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He also contributed to Sick (Feature Comics), and during the 1970s his client list included the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post and MAD, for which he made the feature 'One Day In The Comics Suburbs'. By 1976 he moved from Buenos Aires to New York City.

Comic art by Francho

During the 1980s he additionally worked for publications from Turkey, Yugoslavia and Japan, and in the 1990s he would provide art to American Medical Health,McCall's, Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens, New Woman and Cosmopolitan. He was frequently contributing to Nickelodeon Magazine, where he worked with editor Chris Duffy. He moved back to Argentina in 2004, where he passed away on 20 November 2012.

Comic art by Francho

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