Il Flauto Magico by Gino Gavioli
'Il Flauto Magico', adaptation of a Robert Browning story (Il Giornalino, 1984).

Gino Gavioli was an Italian comic artist and animator. He has worked for many publishing houses from the 1940 through the 1990s. He was especially known as a long-term contributor of humorous comics to Il Giornalino. Gavioli was also co-founder and a leading animator of the influential animation studios Gamma Film.

Early life and career
Luigi "Gino" Gavioli was born in 1923 in Milan and took courses at the Liceo Artistico in Brera. He debuted in the comic industry at the age of 17. He created his first comics for the publisher Alberto Traini, such as the comical series 'Carioca', inked by Paolo Piffarrerio. 'Carioca' later had its own magazine published by Edizioni Ariete from 1954 to 1955.

'Cappuccino e Cappuccetto'. 

Gavioli fulfilled his military service during World War II, and resumed his activities for Traini in 1943, drawing the comic 'Ragazzi Allegri' in the collection 'Albi dell'Eroismo'. He also drew 'Venturino e La Strega del Bosco' (1948-1949) as back-up feature in Enver Bongrani's 'Charlot' comic book by Editrice Torelli. Gavioli drew fairy tale adaptations for the series 'Collana Arcobaleno' by Editrice Carroccio in 1950, and was present in Almanacco dei Ragazzi by Edizioni XX Secolo in 1952. His character 'Nonno Bigio', a grumpy farmer armed with a blunderbuss, appeared in the publications of Edizioni Alpe, such as Cucciolo (1952) and Pollicino (1954).

Pico Panda by Gino Gavioli
'Pico Panda e Paco Serse'.

Editiorial Universo
Gavioli began a collaboration with Editorial Universo and its magazine Il Monello in 1952, drawing features like 'Sempronio', 'Cappaccino e Cappuccetto', 'Il Lupo, l'Agnello', 'Felicino e Arcibaldo', 'Pierini Porcospini & Co., 'Pico Panda e Paco Serse', and 'Vita Cavallina'. Later in the decade, he drew 'Orecchione e Bretella' in Salterello (1957-1959), a publication of Edizione Il Ponte. From 1960 on, he was present in the weekly children's magazine Il Corriere dei Piccoli, illustrating covers and game/riddle pages. For the magazine's supplement Albi Sprint, Gavioli additionally produced the comic strip 'Puk L'Omino Preistorico' (1970-1971), about a caveman.

Covers for Corriere dei Piccoli. 

Il Giornalino
From the 1960 through the 1990s, Gavioli was a loyal contributor to the children's weekly Il Giornalino. He created such series as 'Bim & Bum' (1964-1965), 'Miciovinicio' (with A.M. Dell'Acqua, 1969-1970), 'Orlando lo Strambo' (1969-1973), 'Annibale Tuttofare' (1970-1972) and 'I Pirati' (1991). Among his longest-running productions were the funny animal comic 'Vita da Cani' with Tiziano Sclavi (1984-1992) and 'Paco y Manolito' with L. Giocotto (1995-2001).

Il MonelloIl Giornalino
'Il Monello' and 'Il Giornalino'. 

Literary adaptations
Gavioli made a great many comic adaptations of literary classics, such as Alphonse Daudet's 'Tartarin de Tarascon' (with P. Ferrarini, 1976), the English folktale 'Robin Hood' (with Claudio Nizzi, 1985-1986), J.M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan' (with Ferrarini, 1987-1988), Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' (with Nizzi, 1988) and Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book' (1988-1989). Between 1978 and 1982, he illustrated Antonio Guerci's adaptations of fables and fairy tales by the Grimm brothers, Charles Perrault, Hans Christian Andersen and 'Arabian Nights'. With Toni Pagot, he additionally made adaptations of the 16th century Spanish novella 'The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes' (1995-1996) and the folk tale 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' (1996).

'Gianni Testafina' (Grimm), 1979.

Animation career
Gavioli was also an important animator, founding the prolific animation studios Gamma Film with his brother Roberto and Nino Piffarrerio in Milan in 1953. The studios worked with about 150 animators, including Paolo Piffarrerio, Giampaolo Chies, Franco Paludetti and Carlo Peroni. The team was known for producing the animated segments of the TV show 'Carosello' (1957-1977). The studios created many recognizable characters for this advertising sketch program, such as 'Ulisse e l'Ombra' (1959), 'Caio Gregorio er guardiano der pretorio' (1960), 'Il vigile' (1961), 'Babbut, Mammut e Figliut' (1962), 'Derby' (1962), 'Capitan Trinchetto' (1965), 'Joe Galassia' (1965), 'Serafino Spazza Antennino'(1966), 'Tacabanda' (1968) and 'Cimabue' (1972).

'Putiferio Va Alla Guerra'. 

Gamma Film also produced the feature film 'Putiferio Va Alla Guerra' ('The Magic Bird', 1967), of which Gino Gavioli was one of the main designers. Gavioli also illustrated a comic adaptation of this film, written by Silverio Pisu. Gamma Film takes up an important position in Italian animation history. They pioneered and experimented with new forms of expression, graphic solutions and technological research. A documentary about the studio was released in November 2014 under the title 'La Fabbrica del Sogno: Gamma Film'. Gavioli was additionally art director for 'Maria d'Oro und Bello Blue' (1973), a German animated movie by Rolf Kauka.

Final years and death
Gino Gavioli retired in the early 2000s and passed away on 19 November 2016.

Vita da Cani, by Gino Gavioli (Il Giornalino, 1986)
'Vita da Cani' (1984).

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