Paperino e il Mistero di Marte
Federico Pedrocchi was born in Argentina as the son of Italian parents. His family returned to Italy in 1912. After his father's death, Pedrocchi cancelled his studies and started a graphics and advertising atelier in Milan. He collaborated as an artist and scenarist on Il Corriere dei Piccoli, Jumbo and Il Domenica del Corriere. For the magazine I Tre Porcellini, he scripted 'I Due Tamburini' for Kurt Caesar (1935) and 'Saturno contro la Terra' for Giovanni Scolari (1936). He cooperated on the launch of the Italian Disney magazine Paperino in 1937. For this magazine, he wrote and drew the first Italian 'Donald Duck' episodes, 'Paperino e il Mistero di Marte' and 'Paperino Inviato Speciale'. He then focused on the scenario writing, leaving the artwork to Enrico Mauro Pinochi.
He also proved to be a versatile writer of realistic comics, cooperating with artists like Walter Molino, Rino Albertarelli, Bernardo Leporini, Edgardo Dell'Acqua, Pier Lorenzo De Vita, Libico Maraja and Nino Pagot. Among his best known works are 'Virus', 'Il Dottor Faust', 'Zorro della Metropoli', 'Aeroporto Z', 'Capitan l'Audace' and 'Saturnino Farandola'. In 1939, he became the editor of the children's magazines of Mondadori. Federico Pedrocchi was killed when the British airforce (RAF) attacked the train he was travelling in.