The first episode of Pepito seems to Alpe Milanese editions in April 1952, in the journal Cucciolo (Cucciolo is the original version of Pipo), while its author, Luciano Bottaro, is older than 21 years - and is already his third pirate! The previous two, Aroldo and Tim have used to test this young prodigy comics bench (of Tim were translated into Tex No. 6-9, 13-16 and Pipo Supplement No. 3).
In Italy, the small privateer really do not receive the support, browsing complementary band of a title to another. The pocket that is devoted only lasts 18 months (July 1955-December 1956). The Italian publisher probably wrong not to insist ...
Pepito succeed much better in France. Except for its first pass unnoticed, in the second part of Tex No. 10 and 11 in 1953 to LUG Publishing is wise. (Societe Anonyme Générale d'Editions) will be the architect of this success. At first single translator of Italian materials, the house in the Rue du 4-September, led by Bernard Trout, will buy the rights to the character and edit it for its own account with a spectacular success.
After being announced by an advertising sheet slipped into the publications of the month, Pepito No. 1 published in June 1954. Paradoxically, no trace of its creator, Bottaro, in this first issue: no cover, performed by Raffaele Marcello, or inside, due to Carlo Cossio. Indeed, doing military service. Bottaro became momentarily replaced by the author Alain Lightning and wise. did not respect the chronological order.
This 1 presents Pepito through an MSDS: from a respectable family of buccaneers, his first words were, "All aboard!". But crushed by taxes levied by the Governor of Las Pineapple, his poor father went bankrupt. He handed the baby to Ventempoupe Crochette and then disappeared. Selling trophies family Pepito will buy a ship, "The Peanut" and fight the tyrant Governor Hernandez Banana.
This is the Pepito n c 2, which is published in the very first episode Pepito against Banana.
The new hero is welcomed by readers and, in 1955, the Wise. will promote it. Thus, Pepito made the cover Heroic No. 135 (27 October 1955) with the inside pages full story. As for the small size, it becomes bimonthly at No. 11. Then, from January 1955, it set off deputies supplements in large format, unnumbered. This collection turns into Pepito Magazine, a quarterly to the careful design that allows Bottaro to expression. With the expansion, its boards are rich, lush islands appear, sometimes loaded with Baroque architecture, and strange machinery, such as octopus steam rise from the ocean. Bottaro wrote himself scenarios these "giants" formats and Pepito far beyond kiosks to access the profile. The Futuropolis Editions publish it as an album in 1982 and have taken place in Pif-Gadget. Moreover, Pepito becomes international, translated in many countries, supported by various derivatives: latex mask, key chains, drive, lamp ...
The world is populated by Pepito multiple gallery savory characters, it is impossible to identify in detail here. On "Peanut", there is the sides of the faithful and Ventempoupe Crochette the talkative parrot spout Iron that Pepito was unearthed on an island (Pepito 7) Brisefer the terrible pirate, appeared at No. 12. But the implacable enemy is Banana, Pineapple Las governor, which overwhelms the population of taxes. He lives only to cram duplicates! Against tyranny and despotism, Pepito uses cunning and humor. And despite the crazy inventions of Professor Scartoff, a scholar in his service, The Banana is constantly ridiculed. However, "His Ventripotence" as he is known, manages to stay very endearing. This is because there is no trace of wickedness in the world of Bottaro. Funny, nice, poetic stories Pepito retained the freshness of the open sea.
Luciano Bottaro could be locked, like many cartoonists in a single character. Instead, he led, together with Pepito, a fruitful career. His work is an uninterrupted series of creations:
• Baldo: a parody of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Wise. published in various securities.
• Pon-Pon: this little world foreshadowing the Smurfs was devised in 1954 and later became one of the flagship series of the weekly Il Giornalino His popularity was immense in Italy..
• Whisky and Gogo, an alcoholic and a small bear trapper, was the hero of a quarterly wise. in August 1970 (5 issues).
• Pik Pok, two little mice always looking for cheese have eroded in various publications of the IFPS
Pepito in France
• Small format wise. :
Ist series: 249 numbers (June 1954 Greyhound 1965).
2nd series: 28 issues (March 1965-April 1966).
3rd series: 12 issues (July 1973-December 1976)
Large format wise.:
Occasional supplements: 6 numbers (January 1955-June 1957)
1st series: 17 issues (July 1957-December 1961)
2nd series: 28 issues (December 1961-May 1966)
3rd series: 43 issues (May 1966-October 1972)
• The SAGE albums:
Head shots ... and cannon (July 1974).
The Treasury Pepito (1st quarter 1975).
The Monkey Island + Red Pygmies (3 quarter 1979).
The Treasury Biftèques (first 'quarter 1983).
• Various Albums:
Pepito: 9 exciting stories, Futuropolis March 1982.
Pepito: Haga Supplement No. 50, May 1982
Pepito, Editions du Château, 5 numbers (March 1987-December 1987)
Author: Gerard Thomassian