It is an unmistakable trait that of Roberto Diso, Bonelli author, celebrated with the awarding of the Romics d’Oro during the XXXI edition of the Festival, scheduled from 5 to 8 October 2023 at Fiera Roma.
From Mister No to Tex. The stainless Bonelli author, awarded the Romics d’Oro to celebrate his extraordinary career
Roberto Diso was born in Rome on 16 April 1932. At twenty-two, he began working with Il Vittorioso, then worked for a long time in England and France, where he created the Lancelot and Dan Panther series. In collaboration with Alberto Giolitti’s studio he also worked on some fantastic stories destined for the German market and in 1965 he drew some episodes of Goldrake, an adult comic strip created by Renzo Barbieri. In 1974 came his meeting with Sergio Bonelli, who entrusted him with two stories for the Collana Rodeo and then involved him in the production of Mister No. Since then, he has been the illustrator-principal as well as the cover artist for the series that recounts the adventures in the 1950s of the anti-hero, American pilot, Jerry Drake, nicknamed Mister No. Although he worked mainly on Mister No, he also did stories for Sergio Bonelli Editore on Tex, Nathan Never, Dragonero and Volto nascosto, as well as two comic novels: Mohican and Linea di sangue. In 1985 he also tried his hand at writing, producing texts and drawings of Rodo, a character created for the magazine Giungla!, also published by L’Eternauta.
And Roberto Diso, at ninety years of age, still wants to accompany us with his stories: on the occasion of Mister No’s 45th anniversary, Sergio Bonelli Editore presented last June Mister No – La collana cronologia, an entirely colour, large-format edition with the historic original covers signed by Diso and Gallieno Ferri. After bidding farewell to readers in December 2006, Jarry Drake thus returns to narrate his travels, characterised by the dangers of the immense and unexplored Amazon rainforest, in a series of one hundred and sixty volumes, published weekly every Thursday.
An exhibition of originals will retrace at Romics his long career crowned by the awarding of the Romics d’Oro; a unique occasion to celebrate Roberto Diso’s more than seventy years dedicated to comics, a master par excellence of the ninth art, a strongly recognisable and unique trait, a free spirit who does not yield to technology but continues to dream and make us dream with pencil, brush and nib.
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