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Marco Rota
Marco Rota in Helsinki
Born (1942-09-18) 18 September 1942 (age 80)
Milan, Kingdom of Italy
Area(s)Artist, writer
Notable works
Buon compleanno, Paperino! (From Egg to Duck)

Marco Rota (Italian: [ˈmarko ˈrɔːta]; born 18 September 1942) is an Italian Disney comic artist who served as editor-in-chief of Disney Italia from 1974 to 1988.

His Disney stories feature a style largely influenced by Carl Barks.[1]

Life and career

Rota was born in Milan. His first comic work, Steve Morgan il trappolatore, was published in 1958 in the magazine Collana Scudo.[2] During the 1960s, he drew stories of Superman and Batman, as well as erotic comics.[2]

Rota made his first Disney comic using the Mickey Mouse character in 1971. He would go on, however, to work primarily with Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck stories. His best-known Disney-related work is Andold "Wild Duck" Temerary, Donald's Dark Age Scottish alter ego; as well as the 1984 story From Egg to Duck (Italian: Buon compleanno, Paperino!, lit.'Happy birthday, Donald!'), Donald's biography.[2]

In addition to working with established characters, Rota also does original work.[2] As of 2012, he works for the Danish publisher Egmont.[3][needs update]

In 2019, he returned to collaborate with Topolino with the story Ingorgopoli.[4]


  1. ^ "Marco Rota - Sceneggiatore e Disegnatore". Topolino Sito Ufficiale (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-06-08.
  2. ^ a b c d Fossati, Franco (1992). "Rota, Marco". Dizionario Illustrato del Fumetto (in Italian). Mondadori. ISBN 8804355441.
  3. ^ "Marco Rota". Inducks (in Italian). Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Montori, Carlo A. (2019-11-04). "Topolino: Marco Rota ha realizzato una storia Disney da record | LuccaCG19". Fumetti - (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-06-08.