Tuesday, May 30, 2017

European Western Comic Books ~ Hondo

Hondo was a very successful character, without doubt the texts of GL Bonelli , but also the graphic abilities of the then debutant Franco Bignotti , who could well characterize this scout with long hair and fringed jacket.  The two authors kept the interest of readers for as many as 117 isues (in the classic striped format), and even when reprinted, in numbers from 9 to 20 in "All West" (which was begun in 1988 and concluded in January 1989), The intrepid Hondo received an affectionate welcome, demonstrating the strength of the character, able to withstand the passage of time.  Accompanied by the faithful Natanis, an Apache, Hondo assumed, in the development of his adventures, the role of moderator between the Indians and the Whites, a role that already characterized one of the most important characters created by GL Bonelli: Tex.  His decisive character, his deep sense of justice, made Hondo one of the most beloved characters of the late 1950s, and although his adventures ended in Italy in 1958, in France the long-haired hero continued to live for several years, by the designer Barbato.  Some of these adventures of Oltralpe have been presented to Italian readers in the now exhausted volume 11 of the historic Zenith Gigante series (the same one that now hosts Zagor). The Hondo comic book series was produced between 1956-1958 with stories by G. Bonelli and drawn by Franco Bignotti.

Franco Bignotti was born on November 8, 1929 in Cellatica, Lombardy, Italy. After attending the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, he debuts as a graphic advertising and illustrator for a long series of fairy tale books. In 1951 he designed the comic book The Little Centaur for the Edizioni Carroccio of Monza. From 1952 to 1955, he designed Tristano Torelli's characters as El Bravo on screenplay by Gian Giacomo Dalmasso. In 1956 he started collaborating with Araldo's editions, the current Sergio Bonelli Editore, drawing the Hondo series on Gian Luigi Bonelli's lyrics, A Boy in the Far West in 1958, Furio Almirante in 1964, and 1966 Gun Flint. Since 1965, he is also drawing for Dardo (Capitan Miki and The Great Blek), and abroad, for Éditions Lug of Lyon and for Fleetway Publications in London. Since 1970, he designed Little Ranger, Zagor, Mister No (in 1975) and Martin Mystère. Bignotti died February 17, 1991 in Rescaldina, Lombardy, Italy.

Special Birthdays

Clint Walker (actor) is 90 today. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

RIP Bret Davidson

American actor, stuntman Bret Davidson died in Vashon Island, Washington on April 19th. He was 58. Born Bret Lane Davidson in Glendale, California on February 28, 1959, he was an Arizona state motorcycle champion in the 125 Pro Class and then was sponsored by Bultaco and ranked 29th nationally. He was encouraged to become a stuntman and actor by Jocko Mahoney and made his first film appearance as a young desperado in 1980’s “The Kid and the Gunfighter”. He finished 2nd in a National Stuntman’s Competition in 1980. His career spanned from 1980 to 2009. He then retired and moved to Vashon Island to spend time with his girlfriend and children. Bret appeared as a stuntman in Terence Hill’s “Lucky Luke” TV series and film and also as an actor in 1994’s “Troublemaker”.

Memorial Day 2017

Myriad Pictures heads to Cannes with 'Django Lives!'

By Jeremy Kay
May 12, 2017

Franco Nero to reprise legendary role as Django.

Christian Alvart will direct from a screenplay by John Sayles and Italian icon Franco Nero will reprise the role that brought him worldwide fame in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 classic Django.

Myriad will handle international sales and introduce the project to buyers in Cannes next week.

Django Lives! will star Nero as a drifter in California in 1914 who encounters White Supremacists.

“I’m excited and honored to be a part of this great project that will update us on one of the greatest archetype characters of movie history,” Alvart said.

“Having Christian direct Sayles’s powerful screenplay is a dream come true,” Nero, who appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 western Django Unchained, said. “Even Christian’s third son is named Django. It was meant to be.”

Syrreal Entertainment’s Sigi Kamml, Josef Brandmaier and Alvart produced alongside Fast Draw Films’ Carolyn Pfeiffer, Louis Black, David Hollander, and Nancy P. Sanders.

The producers are preparing a shoot in Spain and Berlin, Germany.

New Book Release

Ricardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker
Author: Roberto Curti
Publisher: McFarland & Co. (Jefferson, North Carolina)

40 photos, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
Softcover (7 x 10) 2017
Print ISBN: 978-1-4766-6970-0
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2838-7

In an eclectic career spanning four decades, Italian director Riccardo Freda (1909–1999) produced films of remarkable technical skill and powerful visual style, including the swashbuckler Black Eagle (1946), an adaptation of Les Miserables (1947), the peplum Teodora, Slave Empress (1954) and a number of cult-favorite Gothic and horror films such as I Vampiri (1957), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) and The Ghost (1963). Freda was first championed in the 1960s by French critics who labeled him “the European Raoul Walsh,” and enjoyed growing critical esteem over the years. This book covers his life and career for the first time in English, with detailed analyses of his films and exclusive interviews with his collaborators and family.

About the Author
Roberto Curti is an Italian film historian and a contributor to film magazines and to books published in Italy, Great Britain and Spain. He lives in Cortona, Italy.