Immaginario Sexy is a five volume series (plus a couple of supplemental volumes) that no serious fumetti collector should be without. This series of books, published in Italy by Mencaroni Editore, catalogs every issue of 1970's adult comics published by Erregi, Edifumetto and Ediperiodici. Every issue is represented by thumbnail cover scans of varying sizes and include detailed information about publication, artists and writers. Just be warned. I have found numerous errors in the cover art attributions. I suspect there might be just as many errors in other aspects of the cataloguing. So use the information as a general guide, not as gospel. If you have a fumetti cover and want to identify the artist you might consider contacting an Italian collector or gallery. But even the Italian collectors and galleries frequently mis-identify fumetti cover art. Your best bet is to ask someone who specializes in this art, personally knows the artists and has an eye for recognizing their specific styles. That person is Mark Alfrey.
In its heyday fumetti artists had no time to set up model shoots. They were being asked to produce two or three covers every week. Often they would rely on images found in books and magazines to speed up the process. The female model for this Wallestein cover came from promo stills from the 1978 Italian war film "Inglorious Bastards". Shown with French edition and Belgian edition.
I'm making just a few more covers available for sale. Please see the previous post for new images.
I have a few fumetti cover paintings to sell. I will likely post a few more soon.
Email me if interested. email@example.com.
On January 23rd Alessandro Biffignandi passed away. Biffignandi was one of the biggest names in fumetti art. He was also known for his Italian movie poster illustrations and cover art for the British Fleetway action and war comics. Having communicated with him by email in recent years I found him him to be a shy but sweet and friendly man. He was still a masterful painter in his 80's doing commissions for friends and collectors. Many of us feel like we've lost a friend.
I've been busy getting settled in North Carolina. I will post more cover images soon. Meantime, here's a link to a site that collected the original reference sources that the artists used when designing covers. Fumetti artists rarely had time to hire and pose models so they would refer to magazines for model poses. Sometimes the publisher would hand them a magazine cover or movie poster and ask the artist to essentially replicate it with only a few minor changes. A lot of the covers referenced on this page are by lesser artists but learning about their sources is an interesting exploration. http://www.elvifrance.fr/images/couvertures/sourcescouv.htm