Alfredo Castelli, The Author Behind Martin Mystère Passes Away

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The Visionary Creator of Martin Mystère Leaves a Lasting Legacy.

Italian comic author Alfredo Castelli, renowned for his creation of the beloved detective Martin Mystère and a myriad of other characters, has died. Castelli’s extensive career in the comic book industry, characterized by his diverse talents as a writer, essayist, and historian, spanned over 50 years, making him a foundational figure in Italian comics.

Born on June 26, 1947, in Milan, Castelli began his comic book journey in 1965 with Scheletrino, featured in “Diabolik” appendices. His broad intellectual appetite and curiosity enabled him to effortlessly cross genres, contributing to his reputation as a versatile and influential creator. This versatility made him a respected figure among colleagues and a beloved author to a vast readership.

Throughout his career, Castelli contributed to numerous publications, including “Tilt”, “Horror”, “Eureka”, “Il Corriere dei Ragazzi”, and “Il Giornalino”, and created memorable characters such as Gli Aristocratici, L’Ombra, L’Omino Bufo, Zio Boris, and Allan Quatermain. He also founded Italy’s first comic book fanzine, “Comics Club 104”, in 1966.

His long-standing partnership with our publishing house began in 1971, producing stories for characters like Zagor and Mister No, and later, Dylan Dog and Nathan Never. Beyond comics, Castelli was a professional journalist and published numerous essays on the origins of comics and popular literature, as well as working in screenwriting.

Castelli received several accolades throughout his career, including two Yellow Kid Awards and being named a “Master of Comics” at Lucca Comics & Games in 2015, where his handprints were immortalized in the Walk of Fame. His half-century in comics was also highlighted in a retrospective exhibition at Lucca Comics & Games 2022, which traveled to Milan and Pordenone.

Source: Sergio Bonelli Editore

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