Career[ edit ] After architecture and painting studies, he made his comics debut in drawing for Genius, a Fumetti neri series of pocket books from publisher Furio Vanio in the wake of the popularity of Kriminal and Satanik. Manara also completed two stories working with another of his heroes, Federico Fellini. In the U. The Ape was serialised in Heavy Metal in the early s and Manara received some exposure through collaborations with Neil Gaiman and other artists. Rossi declared: He has drawn some kind of a mythical history of my life, in cartoons, with some of my heroes such as Steve McQueen, Enzo Ferrari, Jim Morrison, and other characters such as my dog Guido, the chicken Osvaldo and a lot of beautiful women!
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Sep 21, Orion rated it really liked it This book is beautiful in many ways, but is disappointing at times. Following a long tradition of publishing this work with sensuous illustrations, Humanoids, a French publisher, took a 19th century erotic novel by Pierre Louys and divided it into four hardbound books, This book is beautiful in many ways, but is disappointing at times.
Following a long tradition of publishing this work with sensuous illustrations, Humanoids, a French publisher, took a 19th century erotic novel by Pierre Louys and divided it into four hardbound books, each illustrated by a different artist. This first volume contained 15 full-page watercolors by Milo Manara, an artist better known for his adult comics. Where Manara shines as a comic artist, his watercolors are uneven. While some are outstanding, the painting of the statue of Aphrodite is a disappointment.
The illustrated binding and layout is sumptuous. In Book One Demetrios, a famous sculptor of ancient Alexandria, met and was smitten by Chrysis, a temple prostitute he met. She challenges him to commit three specific crimes to win her love. As he ponders the situation the next day, we see him struggle between his emotions and his reason as he faces his challenging tasks.
The overpowering desire is strong and he seeks to understand its hold over him. In Book Two the illustrator is Georges Bess. He is an excellent choice and his eighteen full-page color illustrations are exceptional at setting the mood for the sensual nature of the text. All are of women in various stages of arousal and done in shades of red and saffron.
The Bess illustrations compliment the text and make this volume of the series a success. This promised to be a beautiful set with Claire Wendling slated to illustrate volume 3. The text is still vibrant enough to take on the sensual artwork of these modern artists.
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Aphrodite: Book One