Fumetti (Comics)


Fumetti (Comics)

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Every country has comic books of a variety of types and of course Italy is no exception. In addition to those that originate from other countries (Calvin and Hobbes, Andy Capp are good examples) they have some that are particular to Italy.

Before I ever went to Italy, I had Skype conversations with my friend Massimiliano who lives in Torino (Turin). We exchanged some things through the mail. He sent me a couple of comic books (among other things) so I found out the names for Mickey Mouse (Topolino) and Donald Duck (Paperino) and introduced me to Dylan Dog. Dylan Dog is an investigator of weird phenomena who lives in London. How this relates to Italy is a mystery but it is very popular in Italy. The comic originated in 1986 and at flea markets they sell back issues along with those of Tex (another out of country experience – Arizona) that debuted in 1948 (!).

Topolini e Paperino

Topolini e Paperino

Dylan Dog - "Raining Frogs"

Dylan Dog – “Raining Frogs”

But my favorite is Ratman. It’s a little hard to describe. I suppose that you could say Ratman is a VERY flawed and sometimes goofy superhero (well, maybe mini-hero). Very irreverent with little gags thrown in every few frames. I found that when asking for the latest edition at an edicola (newstand) I need to roll the “R” or they don’t understand what I’m saying. Another little life language lesson in Italy.

Ratman as Rambo (with angel wings?!)

Ratman as Rambo (with angel wings?!)

Ratman in love (sort of)

Ratman in love (sort of)

Ratman enrolls in cartooning school

Ratman enrolls in cartooning school

The dialog in the frame above: There were a lot of us enrolling, hoping one day to be published.

“Name?” (nome)

“Rat-man”

“Sex?”

” I wish!” (magari)

“Yours!” (Il tuo)

“Short” (corto)

Another random character in Ratman

Another random character in Ratman

The above is just a two frame gag – a series of very short ones get thrown in from time to time.

“Hey, you!, You’re looking at my girlfriend! Maybe you want to die?”

“Why, is she that ugly?”

OK, let’s face it sometimes the humor is a little, er, adolescent but I guess I still have a streak of that in me.

 

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2 Responses to “Fumetti (Comics)”

  1. Abby Says:

    I LOVE this, Joe! Such craziness … I forwarded it to my Italian teacher, just to prove what hip friends I have. Re-register me so I get your next one. Bacci, Abby

  2. Joe Says:

    Hi Abby,

    Sorry for the very late response. I’m glad that you like that crazy Ratman. We should get together sometime and I’ll show you some of the issues that I have.

    Joe

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