VALENTINA BY GUIDO CREPAX
Inspired by an icon of silent films, the actress Louise Brooks, Valentina is one of the most renowned comic book characters in the world: the only female main character. Beloved by men, for whom she embodies an elegant and sensual world, and by women as a symbol of independence and charm. Although she’s a dreamer, nonetheless Valentina lives in a believable world. Her birthday, ID card, son, job, car, clothes, household objects: it’s all there, a snapshot of a very convincing everyday life. Valentina first appeared in the magazine Linus in 1965, and quickly became a symbol of the Sixties and Seventies, and continued to reflect the fashions and trends of later decades as well. Her style, original and cutting-edge, makes her incredibly up-to-date, even today. Her complex, well-rounded personality, led many women to identify with her. In addition to comic book stories, she’s also starred in a film, a TV series and a book. Today, she has a universal and timeless look that translates well into sophisticated and elegant products. Her personality enabled her to spring free from her narrative origins to be reborn as a contemporary icon.
Valentina is back again in the most glamorous collection by Del Conca, featuring classic black and white, and available in two décors. The first, 50×20, for vertical installations, is dominated by the character’s stunning physique. In the second one, 20×50, for horizontal installations, flashes of red recall the author’s attention to detail, and the break his pen strokes represented in the world of comic books.
Born in Milan in 1933, Guido Crepax crafted his first comic book story when he was just 12 years old. After graduating in architecture, he chose to focus on advertising design, creating campaigns for Shell, Campari, Esso, Standa, Rizzoli, Dunlop, and then Terital, Iveco, Fuji, Breil and Honda. In 1965, thanks to the magazine Linus, he came back to comics to create the character that made him famous throughout the world: Valentina, one of the few comic book heroines, the only one who aged along with her creator. His adaptations of a few literature classics into comics were meticulous and sophisticated (from Emmanuelle to Histoire d’O, from Justine to Venus in Furs, from Dracula to Frankenstein, from Doctor Jekyll to The Turn of the Screw, from Poe to Kafka). Overall, he drafted over 5,000 comic book pages, and his books have been published in about 200 editions in the major known languages. In 40 years of work, he has also made hundreds of illustrations for newspapers, album covers, furnishings, fashion and design. He also worked in theatre and made dozens of lithographs. There have been many personal exhibits dedicated to him in Italy and abroad. He passed away on 31 July 2003.