Gilgamesh, by Lucho Olivera (Skorpio #51, 1984)
Gilgamesh (Skorpio #51, 1984)

Luis "Lucho" Olivera was born in Corrientes, where he got lessons in painting and drawing from Rubén Vispo. He moved to Buenos Aires at age 20 and began his career drawing for Vea y Lea and Leoplán. He also enrolled at the Pan-American School of Art, while making cover illustrations for Hora Cero and Frontera. In 1964, he commenced his career as a fulltime comic artist by contributing to Misterix and to the publishing house Columba. He was the first artist to draw the 'Nippur de Laggash' series, that appeared in D'Artagnan magazine from 1968. 'Nippur' was the first comic written by the popular author Robin Wood.

Nippur by Lucho Olivera

The series, about a mythical warrior from a lost past in Minor Asia, appeared for over 30 years and was drawn by several artists. Other notable creations were 'Gilgamesh' (1971) and 'Gunner' ('Dico, o Artilheiro'), a comic strip he took over from José Luis Salinas for the American King Features Syndicate. He also began an association with the publishing house Record, and created the adventure and heroic fantasy series 'Galaxia Cero', 'Yo Ciborg', 'Ronar' and 'Planeta Rojo'. In the 1990s he drew a newspaper comic strip called 'Pepe Moreno'. Also an avid painter, Lucho Olivera continued to work until shortly before his death in November 2005.

Nippur, by Lucho Olivera

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