Renowned Italian Illustrator Luigi Piccatto Passes Away at 69
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Asti, Italy - The world of comics has lost one of its most cherished and celebrated artists, Luigi Piccatto, who passed away at the age of 69. Born in Turin in 1954, Piccatto left his medical studies in 1977 to pursue a career in comics, starting with the series "Corrier Boy with the Chris Lean".
A Career Built on Illustrating Stories
Piccatto went on to illustrate stories for several magazines, including "Skorpio" and "Lanciostory" as well as "The Adventures of Edifumetto". In 1986, he was approached by Sergio Bonelli Editore to take part in the Dylan Dog project, where he went on to create 47 albums for the comic strip.
He became one of the most popular and representative authors of the magazine, thanks to his illustrations of the character Tiziano Sclavi. Screenwriter Andrea Cavaletto mourned the loss of Piccatto on social media, saying, "Luigi Piccatto, one of Dylan Dog's most prestigious pencils, with whom I had the opportunity to work several times, and to whom I will always be indebted for having introduced myself in Bonelli, has left us.
We were more than colleagues, we became friends. We had both had a rough adventure with COVID and this tied us up a little bit more. Much respect and esteem. And now, so much sadness. I am truly appalled. Hello, Luigi ??."
Luigi Piccatto's Legacy in the Comics World
Luigi Piccatto lived and worked in Asti, where he founded a studio and created a mini-issue of the series "Khor for Star Comics" in 2007.
He played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of several artists, including Andrea Broccardo, Cristiano Spadavecchia, Giulia Francesca Massaglia and Stefania Caretta. Luigi Piccatto's work was greatly appreciated by fans and industry professionals alike, as expressed by Lucci Comics and Games, "Luigi Piccatto leaves us, historic Bonellian signature and one of Dylan Dog's most appreciated pencils with 47 albums of the Nightmare Finder active.
At Piccatto we need some of the most famous and visionary illustrations in the necklace, like Pink Rabbits Kill, Gran Guignol or the unforgettable Golconda!" The world of comics has lost a true master, but his legacy lives on through his work and the artists he inspired. Rest in peace, Luigi Piccatto.