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August 3, 2006


Mario Faustinelli, 1924-2006

imageMario Faustinelli, a friend of Hugo Pratt and member of the Venice Group for whom that artist created his first feature, "Asso Di Piche" for the magazine of the same name edited by Faustinelli, died on July 31 following a long illness. (Pratt is general acknowledged to have co-created the character with the writer Alberto Ongaro, but Faustinelli wrote the feature as well.) Going to Argentina with that group of artists that included Pratt looking for opportunities after World War II devastated the Italian comics industry, Faustinelli began to concentrate on painting in addition to his comics work. He returned to Italy in 1957.
 
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