Bartolozzi Bonanza

Illustrations by Salvador Bartolozzi for Tintinel et Galafon, a French version of his Pinocho Contra Chapete (1920s)


My previous posts on Bartolozzi (one, two) featured images from seven issues of his 1920s Spanish series "Pinocho Contra Chapete." (Chapete is the yellow egg guy.) When I inevitably went on a hunt for more issues, I came up with this French hardcover—Tintinel et Galafron—which collects six issues of the series: La Naissance de Tintinel, Tintinel Empereur (with many now unfortunate-looking "natives"), Tintinel en Chine, Tintinel dans la Lune, Tintinel Detective, and Galafron defie Tintinel. Dated 1925, it is luckily printed the same way as the original booklets, on heavy, rough paper with very bright colors.

Salvador Bartolozzi (1882–1950) was one of the most important Spanish comic artists from the 1920s. With his several famous characters, such as the 'Pipo y Pipa' and his free adaptation of Collodi's 'Pinocho y Chapete', Bartolozzi counts as an innovator of the Spanish comic strip. Bartolozzi went to Paris, where he stayed for six years. After his return, he joined the publishing house Calleja. Bartolozzi collaborated with several juvenile magazines, such as Pinocho, Macaco and Chiquilín.

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