Osvaldo Cavandoli, the Italian cartoonist best known for his animated character La Linea, passed away on Saturday. He was 87 years old.
A native of Maderno, Cavandoli worked as a technical designer for Alfa Romeo before moving into animation. He enjoyed success relatively late in life starting in 1969 with La Linea, a character that worked out of a single line that became a popular advertising icon and then short film star. Like many media stars, the popular character moved into comic books in the mid-1970s. You can see a short film here.