12 September 1945
Lüsen (Luson), South Tyrol, Italy
|The Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman|
Maurilio Manara (//; born 12 September 1945), known professionally as Milo Manara, is an Italian comic book writer and artist.
After architecture and painting studies, he made his comics debut in 1969 drawing for Genius, a Fumetti neri series of pocket books from publisher Furio Vanio in the wake of the popularity of Kriminal and Satanik. In 1970, he illustrated for the magazine Terror, and starting in 1971 drew the erotic series Jolanda de Almaviva written by Francisco Rubino, issued in small format by publisher Erregi. Joining the youth magazine Il Corriere dei Ragazzi, he worked with Rubino, Carlo Barbieri, Mino Milani and Silverio Pisú. With Pisú Manara launched the publications Telerompo and Strategia della Tensione in 1974 and the series Alessio, Il Borghese Rivoluzionario, and with writer Mino Milani the series La parola alla giuria in 1975. Manara and Pisú later went on to publish Lo Scimmiotto (The Ape) along the story of the Chinese Monkey King in Alter Linus in 1976, and with Alfredo Castelli, L'Uomo delle Nevi (The Snowman) in 1978.
During this period Manara began publishing work in several Franco-Belgian comics magazines including Charlie Mensuel, Pilote and L'Écho des savanes. For (A SUIVRE) Manara created the first stories featuring HP and Giuseppe Bergman, which grew to become a large body of work. The character "HP" is based on Manara's friend, the Italian comics creator Hugo Pratt, and a collaborator on some of Manara's most acclaimed work, initially Tutto ricominciò con un'estate indiana (1983, Indian Summer) and later El Gaucho (1991). Manara also completed two stories working with another of his heroes, Federico Fellini. In his own right Manara has been commended on his skills as a writer, as with the western L'uomo di carta (1982, The Paper Man).
Manara's reputation for producing comics that revolve around elegant, beautiful women caught up in unlikely and fantastical erotic scenarios became solidified with work such as Il Gioco (1983, also known as Click or Le Déclic), about a device which renders women helplessly aroused; Il Profumo dell'invisibile (1986, Butterscotch), introducing the heroine Miele (Honey) and a sweet-smelling body-paint which makes the wearer invisible; and Candid camera (1988, Hidden Camera), featuring the same protagonist in further explicit adventures. In the following years of combining sequels, original work, and collaborations with noted creators, Manara's production continued in this direction to explore erotic comics themes with an artistic and storytelling expression in a manner considered unique to Manara.
In the U.S. The Ape was serialised in Heavy Metal in the early 1980s and Manara received some exposure through collaborations with Neil Gaiman and other artists.
In connection with their joint project Quarantasei, in July 2006, Manara designed a helmet for Moto GP rider Valentino Rossi, specifically made for the Italian GP in Mugello. Rossi declared:
"He has drawn some kind of a mythical history of my life, in cartoons, with some of my heroes such as Steve McQueen, Enzo Ferrari, Jim Morrison, and other characters such as my dog Guido, the chicken Osvaldo and a lot of beautiful women! I really like Milo...he's a person that I have admired for a long time."
In 2003, Manara's work featured on the cover of Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro's second studio album The Vertigo of Bliss. Manara also created the artwork for all the singles released from this album.
In October 2006, Manara developed character designs for the animated television series City Hunters. The series, of ten 11-minute episodes, blends traditional animation techniques with modern CGI, to be broadcast across all of Latin America on the FOX network throughout 2006 and 2007.
Manara penciled an X-Men project written by Chris Claremont for Marvel Comics called X-Men: Ragazze in fuga that released in April 2009 in Italy, and was later reprinted in short circulation by Marvel Comics in English as X-Women.
In 2013 he started to do low print variant covers for issues of Marvel comic books.
He was profiled in the 2011 documentary film Derailments (Deragliamenti).
|Original title||English title||Year||Remarks|
|Jolanda de Almaviva – La Figlia del Mare||1971||written by Francesco Rubino|
|La parola alla giuria||1975||written by Mino Milani|
|Alessio, Il Borghese Rivoluzionario||Alessio||1975||written by Silverio Pisu|
|Lo scimmiotto||The Ape||1976||written by Silverio Pisu|
|Un uomo un'avventura: L'uomo delle nevi||The Snowman||1978||written by Alfredo Castelli|
|HP e Giuseppe Bergman||HP and Giuseppe Bergman||1978|
|Le avventure asiatiche di Giuseppe Bergman||The Indian Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman||1980|
|L'uomo di carta, o Quattro dita||The Paper Man||1982|
|L'ultimo tragico giorno di Gori Bau e Callipigia Sister||The Last Tragic Day of Gori Bau & The Callipygian Sister||1982||originally in Frigidaire #25, translation in Shorts and Manara Erotica Volume One|
|Tutto ricominciò con un'estate Indiana||Indian Summer||1983||with Hugo Pratt|
|Il diario di Sandra F.||The Diaries/Diary of Sandra F.||1985||translation in Heavy Metal #199503 and Manara Erotica Volume Two|
|Il profumo dell'invisibile||Butterscotch||1986|
|Candid camera||Hidden Camera||1988|
|Viaggio a Tulum||Trip to Tulum||1989||with Federico Fellini|
|L'arte della sculacciata||The Art of Spanking||1989||written by Jean-Pierre Enard|
|Le avventure africane di Giuseppe Bergman||An Author in Search of Six Characters and Dies Irae||1990||Published as a serial in Heavy Metal Magazine (1984-1985)|
|Breakthrough||1990||Written by Neil Gaiman|
|Il gioco 2||Click 2||1991|
|El Gaucho||El Gaucho||1991||with Hugo Pratt|
|Il sogno di Oengus||1991||written by Giordano Berti|
|Il viaggio di G. Mastorna detto Fernet||The Voyage of G. Mastorna||1992||with Federico Fellini|
|La feu aux entrailles||1993||with Pedro Almodóvar|
|Il gioco vol.3||Click 3||1994|
|I viaggi di Gulliver, o Gulliveriana||Gulliveriana or Gullivera||1995||based on text by Jonathan Swift|
|Kamasutra||Manara's Kama Sutra||1997||based on text by Vatsyayana|
|Star, Starlettes e Baguettes||Fantasies||1997||In L'Echo des Savanes 1997 & Pin-Up Art English in Heavy Metal #199903|
|Ballata in si bemolle||Fatal Rendezvous||1997|
|Appuntamento fatale||Rendezvous in B-Flat||1997||translation printed in Manara Erotica Volume One|
|L'asino d'oro||The Golden Ass||1999||based on text by Apuleius|
|Le avventure metropolitane di Giuseppe Bergman||The Urban Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman||1999|
|Tre ragazze nella rete||www.||2000|
|Il gioco vol.4||Click 4||2001|
|Il profumo dell'invisibile 2||Butterscotch 2||2001|
|Le donne di Manara||Women of Manara||2001|
|Fuga da Piranesi||Piranese: The Prison Planet||2002|
|Il pittore e la modella||The Model||2002|
|Aphrodite||Aphrodite, Book 1||2003||written by Pierre Louÿs|
|Donne e motori||2003|
|L'odissea di Bergman||The Odyssey of Giuseppe Bergman||2004|
|I Borgia – La conquista del papato||Borgia 1: Blood for the Pope||2004||with Alejandro Jodorowsky|
|The Sandman: Endless Nights||2004||written by Neil Gaiman; Manara illustrated one chapter, "What I've Tasted of Desire"|
|I Borgia vol.2 – Il potere e l'incesto||Borgia 2: Power and Incest||2006||with Alejandro Jodorowsky|
|Quarantasei||2006||with Valentino Rossi|
|Gli Occhi di Pandora||Pandora's Eyes||2007||written by Vincenzo Cerami|
|I Borgia vol. 3||Borgia 3: Flames from Hell||2008||with Alejandro Jodorowsky|
|X-Men: Ragazze in fuga||X-Women||2009||written by Chris Claremont|
|I Borgia vol. 4 - Tutto è Vanità||Borgia 4: All is Vanity||2010||with Alejandro Jodorowsky|
|Caravaggio vol. 1 - La Tavolozza e la Spada||Caravaggio 1 - The Palette and the Sword||2015|
|Caravaggio vol. 1 - La Grazia||Caravaggio 2 - The Grace||2018|