Italian comics are less known than American comics or Japanese manga. They were officially born in 1908 with the publication of “Corriere dei piccoli”. At the beginning, the format was in strips and represented comic scenes, each of which was drawn in vignettes.
Around the 1950s, comics weren’t drawn in strips but in small volumes similar to American ones. One of the most famous Italian comics is TEX, published for the first time in 1948, by the “Bonelli” publishing house; since then it has been published every month.
In 1962 the famous DIABOLIK appears for the first time: it was the first comic in which the protagonist wasn’t considered as a hero but a villain. Diabolik is, indeed, a thief who manages to steal anything without ever being discovered. This type of comics is called “black comic”.
More recent comics are DYLAN DOG, on which a film produced in the United States was made, NATHAN NEVER, JULIA and in the 2000s DRAGONERO.
With the beginning of the 2000s and the invention of the Internet, comics can also be read online. Nevertheless, paper comics continue to be published and sell thousands of copies.