Enrico Marini, an Italian national, was born in 1969 in Switzerland, where he studied illustration at the Basel Academy of Fine Arts. His style is influenced by American comics, Italian fumetti and Japanese manga, and he is an admirer of authors such as Hermann, Jordi Bernet, Milton Caniff, Alfonso Font, Giraud and Otomo. His career was launched at the 1987 Festival de la Bande Dessinée in Sierre, where he would compete with the most promising emerging talents. His own talent was recognised immediately, and he was entrusted with his first series, Olivier Varèse, based on a script by Thierry Smolderen, produced by Alpen Publishing.
In 1992, Marini and Smolderen tried their hand at something totally different with Gipsy (Gypsy, Dargaud/Europe Comics, 2015), a real flesh-and-blood hero published by Dargaud. Marini would then enter the realm of vampires with Rapaces (Raptors, Dargaud/Europe Comics, 2015), this time alongside Jean Dufaux, again for Dargaud. With Stephen Desberg, he fulfilled his childhood dream of creating a western-style comic, L’Étoile du désert (Dargaud). This partnership also gave rise to Le Scorpion (The Scorpion, Cinebook, 2008), a massive swashbuckling epic. And last but not least, since 2007, Marini, now a full-fledged writer, has been bringing ancient civilizations back to life with Les Aigles de Rome (The Eagles of Rome, Dargaud/Europe Comics, 2015).
Country of origin: FranceEurope Comics Publisher: Dargaud Benelux (France)