In the late 1970s and early '80s Italy became crazy about the 'fumetti sexy', a home-grown style of erotic comics that subverted every genre with its own brand of twisted humour, violence, and up-front sensuality. Wilder and weirder than you can imagine, they were some of the most outrageous and shocking comics ever produced - most wouldn't be allowed today.
These weren't underground comics: they were totally mass market and their highly erotic covers were seen on every news stand and kiosk across the country. At their peak leading publishers were releasing a new 100-page comic every few days, with artists having to draw 150 to 200 pages a month. In the late 1980s, the advent of video and the global mono-culture of international media companies brought it all to an end. However, the work of one of the leading fumetti cover artists, Emanuele Taglietti, remains highly collectable and has been brought together for the first time in this book, providing a long-overdue look at this forgotten genre.
Emanuele Taglietti was born in Ferrara, Italy, in 1943. He graduated from the local art institute, and then moved to Rome, where he studied stage design. As a set designer in the Italian cinema he worked on numerous films, including Federico Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits (1965) and Marco Ferreri's L'Harem (1967).
In 1973, Emanuele Taglietti returned to live in his hometown. Inspired by the art of Frank Frazetta and Averardo Ciriello, he became a comic book cover artist for the Italian publisher Edifumetto, working on such titles as titles Playcolt, La Poliziotta and Vampirissimo. His realistic style and ability to cross genres has defined his work. From macho investigator to sexy starlet, and from monster stories to fairy tales, he was master of them all. Although Emanuele retired in 2000, one can still find him in his studio with paint brush in hand.
Size: 26 x 22,5 cm, 160 pages.