Gian Luigi Bonelli

Giovanni Luigi Bonelli (22 December 1908 in Milan – 12 January 2001 in Alessandria) was an Italian comic book author and publisher, best remembered as the co-creator of Tex Willer in 1948, together with artist Aurelio Galleppini.

Gian Luigi Bonelli
Gianluigi Bonelli in 40s
BornGiovanni Luigi Bonelli
(1908-12-22)22 December 1908
Milan, Italy
Died12 January 2001(2001-01-12) (aged 92)
Alessandria, Italy
Area(s)Writer, Publisher
Notable works
Sergio Bonelli Editore
Tex Willer
CollaboratorsAurelio Galleppini


Bonelli founded Casa Audace Editrice in 1940, later to be known as Sergio Bonelli Editore.

In 1948 he created Occhio Cupo and Tex Willer (both drawn by Galleppini). Tex Willer is among the most popular characters of Italian comics, with translations to numerous languages all around the world.

He wrote several early episodes of Zagor (issues #6–10, 13–14). Bonelli remained to supervise the production of Tex until his death. His son Sergio Bonelli (1932–2011) was also a comic book writer, as well as a publisher of comics.

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