Milo Manara
Milo Manara in 2008
BornMaurilio Manara
(1945-09-12) 12 September 1945 (age 78)
Lüsen (Luson), South Tyrol, Italy
Area(s)Artist, writer
Notable works
The Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman
Indian Summer
AwardsFull list

Maurilio Manara (/məˈnɑːrə/; 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

During this period Manara began publishing work in several Franco-Belgian comics magazines including Charlie Mensuel, Pilote and L'Écho des savanes.[1] 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.[1] 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).[2]

Erotic illustration typical of Manara's style as it comes to expression in his Click series.

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.

Later work

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, consisting 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.[3]

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).[4]



Original title English title Year0 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 gioco Click 1983
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
L'apparenza inganna 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 0 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
Seduzioni 1994
Storie brevi Shorts 1995
I viaggi di Gulliver, o Gulliveriana Gulliveriana or Gullivera 1995 based on text by Jonathan Swift0
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 Bergman0 The Urban Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman 0 1999
Bolero 1999
Tre ragazze nella rete www. 2000
Rivoluzione Revolution 2000
Il gioco vol.4 Click 4 2001
Il profumo dell'invisibile 2 Butterscotch 2 2001
Le donne di Manara Women of Manara 2001
Memory 2001
Fuga da Piranesi Piranese: The Prison Planet 2002
Il pittore e la modella The Model 2002
Pin-up art 2002
Aphrodite Aphrodite, Book 1 2003 written by Pierre Louÿs
Donne e motori 2003
Fellini 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


See also


  1. ^ a b c Lambiek Comiclopedia. "Milo Manara".
  2. ^ a b c Comiquendo online. "Milo Manara" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on July 1, 2007.
  3. ^ Phegley, Kiel (April 7, 2010). "Claremont Unveils X-Women". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "Derailments: A short film based on a famous unmade film and the friendship between Fellini and Manara will be shown in Toronto today and tomorrow". L'Uomo Vogue, September 12, 2011.
  5. ^ Immagine-Centro Studi Iconografici. "13° SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEI COMICS, LUCCA 13, 1978" (in Italian).
  6. ^ "1998 Harvey Award Winners". Archived from the original on September 3, 2007.
  7. ^ Brodart Graphic Novels. "2004 Eisner Award Recipients".