Fernando Carcupino was an Italian painter, illustrator, and comics artist who grew up in Milan and studied art under Achille Funi at the city's Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. During World War II he worked on the animated feature film The Rose of Baghdad, before serving as a sub-lieutenant in the Granatieri Brigade of the Italian Liberation Corps. In 1946, after producing the episode Scacco matto a Coe for the comics series Il Solitario (The Lonely One), he joined his friend Mario Faustinelli on the staff of Asso di Picche and became part of the so-called Venice Group, which also included the comic artists and writers Hugo Pratt, Dino Battaglia, and Damiano Damiani.In the early 1970s, Carcupino produced a series of risque covers for the weekly magazine La Giraffa, as well as creating the covers for several Edifumetto publications, including Vampirissimo, Fiabe Proibite, and I Sanguinari. In 1983 he received the Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana from the Italian government for his artistic achievements. In 1999 he was also awarded the Caran D'Ache Prize at the Salone Expocartoon in Rome, for his lifelong contribution to illustration.
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