Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Cards 2011

As I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, I'd like to share  some of the greeting cards, I received from around the world.
The first is from Gammelredax Ulf Granberg and The Phantom Crew in Stockholm, Sweden.

Also from Sweden, arrived a card sent by Magnus Eriksson of The Scandinavian Chapter.

Next, a cheerful picture from the great Argentinian artist Cesar Spadari.

And from my hometown of Taranto, Italy comes this card sent by artist Gian Marco De Francisco.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Goodbye, Eduardo!

Comic artist Luis Eduardo Barreto  passed away, today, at the age of 57. Barreto, from Uruguay, worked on titles including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, The New Teen Titans, and  Atari Force. (One of my favorites!) His last work, DC Retroactive The 70′s: Superman,  was published earlier this year.  In July 31, 2011, Eduardo became the artist for the Sunday The Phantom comic strip. R.I. P. Eduardo!
(Also today, the great  Joe Simon, creator of Captain America, the Sandman, the Fly and many, many more has passed away at the age of 98)

Happy Holidays!

To all our Phantom Phriends, all the best for the Holidays... and beyond!
--Sal Velluto and Eugenio Mattozzi
(Coming up next: Your Christmas cards!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Back to the Future 2

Following the success of my previous two covers, paying homage to the very first issues of Fantomen and Fantomen Annual, I was asked to draw a third homage cover. This one reprises the cover of Fantomen # 4/1950 which was originally drawn (like the other two) by Swedish artist George Camitz.
Perhaps, I should also re-interpret  the remaining two covers drawn by Camitz ( Fantomen 2 and 3/ 1950) What do you think?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

My answer to... TIME

Here's  the latest cover of TIME magazine (December 12, 2011 | Vol. 178 No. 23), featuring an article by Joe Klein entitled "Where is the Love?" And here is my rebuttal, in cartoon form!

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To see more of my MittFitts cartoons, and purchase my original cartoon art, CLICK HERE!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011


Here's my latest political cartoon for MittFitts!
I guess it didn't take me too long before I gave in to the temptation of drawing a comic book related cartoon.
So, here it is, SuperMitt: fighting for Truth, Justice and the American Way, while repelling the bullets of false criticism.
By the way, if you're interested in purchasing these cartoons' original art, you can now do so, by going to this web page. (Click here)
Net proceeds (payment minus S&H and Paypal  transaction fee) from the sale of these cartoons will be donated to the Mitt Romney for President campaign or to an affiliated political action committee.
Here' what the original of the above cartoon looks like.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Listen To My Radio Interview!

Please, join me on Mitt Romney Radio for an exclusive interview on MittFitts!, my latest adventure in the world of political cartooning. 
The  show will be broadcast live on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 9:00 PM (Easter Daylight Time)
Recordings of the show will also be available, thereafter, on Mitt Romney Radio and Blog Talk Radio.
During the show you'll have a chance to call-in with questions or comments.
Speaking of political cartoons and radio shows, here's my take on Rush Limbaugh and what he had to say on Mitt Romney...
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Surprise!

What am I going to be for Halloween, this year? The Phantom? Maybe Guran would be more appropriate ... Hmmm ... Maybe not. I think I'll be a ... Political Cartoonist !  Yeah, you heard me right, a Political Cartoonist! That's something I used to be, a long long time ago,  back in Italy, way before getting into animation and comics.

This time, however my cartoons won't appear on a newspaper, but on a website called MittFitts! : 'Toons for Romney, on Facebook,  on Twitter , and in syndication, on a slew of partner websites.
MittFitts! is an independent initiative, spearheaded by myself and blogger/activist Mike Sage (editor of America Needs Mitt and host of Mitt Romney Radio) to help elect Gov. Mitt Romney President of the United States.

Following is my Halloween cartoon. Go to  to see what else these misfits for Romney have come up with...

By the way, I think  I'll be a Political Cartoonist, even after Halloween. (But I'll still wear my Phantom costume underneath)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bonelli Padre e Figlio (Bonelli Father and Son)

(English version, below)

Vorrei dedicare questo mio disegno, intitolato "Padri e figli". alla memoria di Gian Luigi Bonelli (Tex Willer) e di suo figlio Sergio (Kit Willer).

I would like to dedicate this drawing of mine, titled "Fathers and Sons", to the memory of Gian Luigi Bonelli (Tex Willer) and of his son Sergio.(Kit Willer)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sergio Bonelli Passes Away

 This obituary appears on BIG SHINY ROBOT
Sergio Bonelli, the chairman of Italy’s largest comic book publisher, Sergio Bonelli Editore, passed away today following the complications of an unspecified illness. He was 78 years old.

Born in Milan on December 2, 1932 to Gian Luigi Bonelli, the creator of the popular comic book Tex, Sergio followed in his father’s footsteps by creating and writing characters such as Mister No and Zagor, often under the pseudonyms Guido Nolitta and Annalisa Macchi, eventually becoming an editor, and later chairman and namesake of one of Europe’s largest comic book publishing houses.

His vision made the Italian comic book scene one of the most unique in the world, emphasizing a wide variety of genres, and making monthly serials of 96-page black-and-white paperbacks the predominant format. He also had a hand in overseeing the creation of Dylan Dog, one of the company’s biggest successes, and recruiting several generations of up-and-coming European and South American illustrators, many of whom would later move on to successful careers in the American and Franco-Belgian markets.

The European cultural landscape would have been a lot poorer without Sergio Bonelli, and for those keeping tabs on the international comics scene this truly feels like the passing of a giant.  He will be missed.

To leave a message of condolences on Bonelli's website,  CLICK HERE.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Conan the Barbarian

Here's a little artistic tribute to the famous character by Robert E. Howard and the new Conan the Barbarian movie, opening today on the big screen. As you can see from the signature, I drew these pieces back in 2003. They were part of a try-out for Dark Horse Comics. The following was a proposal for a sculpture.
Next, are the pencils of two of the interior pages.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sneak Peek!

I have just finished illustrating a Phantom story titled "The Scapegoat" (Syndabocken).
It will appear on Fantomen # 23, 2011. (And corresponding issue of Fantomet. I'm not sure about the Frew issue, yet)
Anyway, here's a sneak preview of the cover art.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The First Avenger!

As the Captain America movie premieres today on the silver screen, I'd like to reminisce about a special Captain America comic, I drew back in 1990.

The issue was called "Captain America Goes to War Against Drugs," It was produced by Marvel Comics and the FBI, along with a slew of US supermarkets. (One edition was also printed in Spanish)

This special issue is most likely my number one, most printed and reprinted comic book, with nine different editions produced  in the arc of three years. "War Against Drugs" was a free giveaway, distributed to 120 high school districts, and 40 colleges. Their goal was to reduce substance abuse by educating parents, students, and employers about the menace of drugs.

The 16-page inside story, titled "High Heat" was written by Peter David, illustrated by yours truly,  and inked by another Phantom artist,  Keith Williams. The cover was by by John Romita, Sr. and Jose Marzan, Jr.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Back to the Future!

Here are two future covers coming straight from The Phantom's past!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I would like to thank all the fans for voting my covers Best of 2010 both for Fantomen, in Sweden and Fantomet, in Norway.

The best Fantomen cover for 2010 is from issue # 24
 The best Fantomet cover for 2010 is from issue # 14. This cover was colored by Eugenio Mattozzi
  Thank you!

Friday, May 6, 2011

My First Phantom [5] Mother's Day Edition

I am pleased to present a series of short stories describing the first time we read The Phantom.
This installment has been written by Canadian Phantom-Phan extraordinaire, Guy Poissant.
Guy sent me this story, about a year ago.  Since the story deals with Guy's memories of his dear mom, I decided to save it for this year's "Mother's Day."
If you want to share the memories of your "First Phantom" with the readers of this blog, please contact me.

When I was 5 or 6 years old, I remember that every Saturday morning was for me a big event, because my older brother brought me a bunch of comics like Spider-Man, Captain America, etc. I was especially happy those times when I got to read my favorite hero: Batman! I always had a kind of "ritual" at that time; I settled down with my comics at the table, in the kitchen, and  like Linus from Peanuts, I always had a blanket with me! Once I was comfortably settled, my lovely mother prepared me a sandwich and then... the magic began, I was in another world...

In spite of the fact that I had several comics to read, it was never enough! My other brother liked reading Tintin, Asterix and... Le Fantôme so, I often went to his room to "borrow" his comics as well.
I remember that I was very impressed by those Phantom covers. These comics were coming from France (they were also distributed in Canada for the French-speaking market) and they were in fact the translation of the Italian series L'Uomo Mascherato by Fratelli Spada and those amazing painted covers were done by Mario Caria. I was very fascinated by this character in a red suit (I grew up with this version; it was a shock for me to discover, many years later, that the original costume's color is purple!). And, as a lot of kids, I wanted so much to possess a skull-ring like his!

I cannot say which Phantom story was my first one but on the other hand, I know which one was a turning point for me; it was "The Founding of the Jungle Patrol". It was the first time that I read a story of a previous Phantom and I was very captivated by its fight against pirates. And what a fight! I liked the dialogues and the sense of humor in this story but I especially preferred the romance between the Phantom and Queen Natala. In France as in Italy, this story was published in two parts but my brother didn't have the end of the story: some pages were missing in his comics and it was very frustrating! It's only several years later (at least 10 years later!) that I knew that the Phantom had married her! I was 7-8 years old when I read this story for the first time and from that moment, I knew that I was hooked on the Phantom.

I was about 20years old when I seriously started to collect The Phantom but here where I live, in Montreal, it was very difficult to find anything concerning my hero. We received no more comics from France because the series was stopped in 1980 and even if I searched all over the city's nooks and crannies, it was almost impossible to find anything (and it's still is today). Sometimes, when I found an old number, it could take more than a year to find another one. (Thank God, eBay exist now!)

The Phantom was published in Montreal only on a French newspaper ("La Patrie", created in 1879) but this newspaper stopped existing in 1974. Even the comics in English (from Gold Key and Charlton) were very hard to find! Luckily, I met 3 collectors who helped me a lot for my collection. Thanks to one of them, I was able to collect many pages which appeared in this French newspaper at that time (I almost have all of them today).

One day, by looking and classifying my pages, my mother approached to see what I was doing. Then, she said; "Hey, it's the Phantom!". What a surprise for me!!! I was very amazed to notice that she knew the character. She told me that she also read The Phantom when she was young! She followed his adventures since the 40s till the end of the newspaper's publication in the 70s and even that it was her favorite character! She was very impatient to read it every Sunday; "It was my moment of relaxation", she said.

Very comfortably I sat at the kitchen table  (without my blanket this time!), looking at the pages and talking about the Phantom. I asked my mom what she liked in this character and she replied; "the legend surrounding him, the oath and the tradition from fathers to sons,  as well as (like me) the romance between the Phantom and Diana". We talked a lot about our hero and I can remember her expression that day; she was so amazed to see all these pages again. It was a special and a magic moment for me. I was simply happy and proud to learn that she loved this character. After our conversation, I said to myself that I was certainly going to talk again about the Phantom with her. Regrettably, I didn't have the chance to do it...

More than 10 years ago, my mother began to lose memory and we learned that she had Alzheimer's disease. She became more and more confused and I then decided to return to live with her and to take care of her. But after 4 years, we had to place her in a specialized center. At this time, she couldn't recognize us any more. Last April, I felt that I missing the opportunity to talk to  her or even to do with her certain things.  I went to see her and we looked at some old family photos and then, I read to her this story that I like so much, "The Founding of the Jungle Patrol". Even if I know that she was not conscious of what I was doing, I liked to believe in my heart, that she was there with me like she did before and that she appreciated this moment, no matter how brief it was. Then I told her what I should have told her many times before: "I love you, mom!".
 Two days later (and 3 days after her 77th birthday), she left us for (I sincerely hope) a better world.

My mother was a smiling person with a great sense of humor; even during the time she was ill, every  she always smiled to me every time we met. Today, I realize that my taste for many things came to me from her. To know that she appreciated the "Ghost Who Walks" increases my desire to continue to read his adventures and to pursue my collection. Now, when I read a story of my hero, I always have a small thought for her.

Guy Poissant is a painter / decorator, a profession he inherited from his father. Since he was very young, he liked arts and music (especially the 50s and 60s music). He was influenced by his mother and, of course, by his brothers and his sister, all older than him. As a teenager, he had the brilliant idea to not follow his friends. Then, instead of spending his money on beer and drugs, he started to collect things! That way, he can see every day where its money goes! He is a Beatles collector since age 11 and later, he became a Phantom collector. He likes also the medieval era. He was even foolish enough to transform his bedroom into a castle room!!! He is not married (no children) but he is very faithful to the girl  he met the day before the release of The Phantom movie in 1996! Unfortunately for him, his girlfriend doesn't read the Phantom...

Those who are interested, can view part of Guy's Phantom collection by clicking here.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Phantom Body Art!

Luke Hetherington, a Phantom Phan from Albany, Western Australia has sent me this image of his tattoo, inspired by the cover of Fantomen #6/2009, ( also Fantomet #5/09 and Mustanaamio #6/09) "The Witch Hunt."
Luke wrote: "18 hours in the chair on my ribs was not very pleasant but I’m very happy with the outcome."

Friday, January 14, 2011

Enter The Green Hornet!

To Celebrate the new Green Hornet movie, debuting on the screens today, I'd like to share the cover art I drew ( with inks Tony De Zuniga) for an issue of The Green Hornet, about 20 years ago, and a much more recent commission piece I drew for my fellow-artist and friend Ruben Procopio. (Also a Geen Hornet and Phantom artist)