Comics writer and editor and comic strip historian Alfredo Castelli has passed away.
June 26, 1947 – February 7, 2023
On February 7, Aldredo Castelli died in Milan, at the age of 76. Since 1965, his name has been linked to the history of fumetti: Italian comics. By turns a fanzineur, editor, newspaper creator, editor-in-chief, designer and above all screenwriter, he had an unfailing passion for comics. A respected scholar in Italy, he was the author of articles and books dedicated to the 9th art and a professional journalist since 1974.
We’re sorry to report Italian comic creator Alfredo Castelli has died, aged 77. He’s best know as the creator of the series Martin Mystére, for Sergio Bonelli Editore in Italy, of which has been published in Italy since 1982.
In a tribute, his publisher notes he was also author of a thousand other characters, stories, essays and “unforgettable initiatives, a real giant of comic book publishing.”
Comic Art Fans has a gallery of some of Alfredo’s creations, including a few of Alfredo’s art works.
Cartoon Club Rimini gives a brief but full rundown of Alfredo’s comic creations, ending with his work as a comics historian which places him at this site:
The passion of a comic book historian led him over time to create important book works such as the monumental Eccoci ancora qui! (Edizioni If), a well-documented essay on the birth of comics and its subsequent diffusion on the pages of American newspapers from the late nineteenth century. This is flanked, among others, by L’altro Yellow Kid, L’altro Little Nemo (Comicon), Fumettisti d’invenzione and Fantomas, both for Coniglio Editore, Horror, half a century of nightmares… (Ninth Art)
Lo Spazio Bianco reviews Alfredo’s Fumettisti d’invenzione with a nice sampling from the book.
Here, in the comments, Alfredo complements Ron Harris’s look at newspaper comic strips created for Hollywood.
Unfortunately for Americans his histories of early U.S. comic strips are in Italian and/or out of print.
update: Gianfranco Goria of afNews.info graciously passes along an acadamia.edu link that includes a number of Alfredo’s works for free download (also in English): https://independent.academia.edu/AlfredoCasteli