Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Giolitti, Alberto

(1923-1993) Italian Comic-strip artist, most of whose (copious) works, characterized by a strong, clear, realistic drawing style, have been published in the USA. He is best remembered for Turok, Son of Stone (1954-1982). AG's first comics work appeared in Vittorioso in 1939. After WWII he met an American who told him to seek work in the USA, and he set out in January 1946. His first attempts to gain admission as an immigrant were unsuccessful, and he went to Buenos Aires to work for Editorial Lainez before returning to the USA in 1950.

AG's first US work was drawing Westerns for Dell's Indian Chief, followed by Tonto and Sergeant Preston. He went on to draw comics adaptations of several tv series, and worked with other long-established comics characters including Zorro, Jungle Jim, Flash Gordon and Tarzan. AG drew a great number of adaptations from classical literature, including Alexander the Great, The Christmas Story, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp and Gulliver's Travels; for this last he received the 1955 Thomas Alva Edison Award for Children's Literature.

In 1960 he went back to Italy and set up the Giolitti Studio to provide comics artwork for US and UK publishers. For the UK he drew the fantasy series Flame of the Forest (Lion 1965-1966), The Fiery Furnaces (Lion 1965-1966) and Enchanted Isles (Tammy 1965-1966); he also drew the true-life Western Blood on the Prairie (Ranger 1965-1966). For the US market he drew Turok, Son of Stone, a series of stories concerning two Native Americans lost in a mysterious valley of Dinosaurs. He drew also an extensive list of movie- and tv-related titles, including Star Trek, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Beneath the Planet of the Apes, plus a Graphic-Novel adaptation (graph 1970) of King Kong (1933).

For the Italian market he provided artwork for The Phantom and Mandrake, the pornographic titles Jacula and Cosmine, and the Horror titles Oltretomba and Terror. [RT]

Alberto Giolitti

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