I'm not sure when I first stumbled across the artwork of Sergio Toppi but I believe it was a volume of Un uomo un'avventura [One man, one adventure] in Italian, which I'd become interested in because Gino D'Antonio and Ferdinando Tacconi (both regulars in British comics) were contributors. I immediately became a fan—his layouts and use of colour is astonishing.
Born in 1932, Toppi only became involved in comics in 1966, working for Il Corriere dei Piccoli rather than as a young artist working through one of the studios or agencies, which is, I suspect, why he did not contribute heavily to the UK market. Sadly his only contributions were a couple of strips in Eagle Annual in the early 1970s, probably reprinted from Il Corriere dei Ragazzi. Or so I thought...
I was really pleased to recently discover that Toppi had contributed original strips to the magazine Tell Me Why—and in colour. So over the next few days I'll be presenting all 10 of Toppi's contributions, which, to my knowledge, constitute his complete original UK output. If you've not come across Toppi before you're in for a treat.
(* Tell Me Why © Look and Learn Ltd. Reprinted by permission.)