Erotic Posters of the Italian Illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi
02 augustus 2021 
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Erotic Posters of the Italian Illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi

All lovers of comics and cinema must be aware of Allesandro Biffignandi (1935-2017), the prolific author who worked on themes of sex, violence, and horror. His vision and skills give the viewer the vibe of the 1960s and 1980s. Almost like shunga masters, Biffignandi rarely signed his numerous works, including comic covers, paperbacks, and movie posters. Thus, it’s tough to trace all the designs of the illustrator, valued by devotees. The largest compilation of his works was presented in 2017 by Korero Press (Sex and Horror: The Art of Alessandro Biffignandi).

Alessandro Biffignandi

Fig. 1. Alessandro Biffignandi (blogspot.com)

Portrait of Corto Maltese

Fig. 2. Portrait of Corto Maltese (catawiki.com)

Allesandro Biffignandi erotic comic art

Fig. 3. blogspot.com

From Comics Fan to Comics Creator

Biffignandi was a fan of comics since childhood. He grew up reading Topolino (the Italian version of Mickey Mouse), which had been released since 1932. At nineteen years, Biffignandi started to study at the studio of Averardo Ciriello, a movie billboard designer. His debut was a comic series Captain Walter. Having undergone his apprenticeship, the illustrator worked for brothers Enzo and Giuliano Nistri, the producers of movie advertising. Then he was hired by Augusto Favalli, and it was Biffignandi’s luck because Favalli became the leading movie posters producer at that time.

Allesandro Biffignandi captain Walter

Fig. 4. Captain Walter, 1954 (ebay.com)

The Art of Alessandro Biffignandi

Fig. 5. The Art of Alessandro Biffignandi, 2017

poster of War and Peace Alessandro Biffignandi

Fig. 6. Poster of War and Peace, 1956

Life in Milan

In the late 1950s, Biffignandi moved to Milan (he was born in Rome). There he produced covers for comic magazines like Kiwi, Rodeo, Nevada, Zemla, published by Lug in Lyon, and also worked for French military strips like Flambo, Agent K-3, Peter Berg, John Kine, and Rombo Bill. Biffignandi also contributed to the agency of Roy D’Ami that produced strips for the British market (Fleetway Publications). The artist worked on a wide range of topics, from sports to schoolgirls, but majorly on war titles (Air Ace, War, Battle, War at Sea, Giant War). His production for the UK counts approximately 500 covers. Except for French and British publishers, Biffignandi created illustrations for a number of Italian magazines like La Tribuna Illustrata, Domenica del Corriere, Grazia, and Confidenze.

Alessandro Biffignandi Zora the Vampire

Fig. 7. Zora the Vampire (comicvine.gamespot.com)

Alessandro Biffignandi Contes Malicieux

Fig. 8. Contes Malicieux (comicvine.gamespot.com)

Alessandro Biffignandi Casino

Fig. 9. Casino (comicvine.gamespot.com)

zora the vampyre Alessandro Biffignandi

Fig. 10. Zora the Vampire (comicvine.gamespot.com)

Alessandro Biffignandi crime comic

Fig. 11. corquevols.blogspot.com

Maestro of Erotic Horror

The 1970s were the peak of Biffignandi’s activity. He expanded into the field of Italian erotic horror published by Giogio Cavedon (Ediperiodici). Among the series were Lucrezia, Rolando del Fico, Terror, Biancaneve, I Notturni, Playcolt, Vampirissimo Presenta, Il Vampiro Presenta, I Sanguinari, Wallenstein, Zora la Vampira and many others. Biffignandi’s works catch the eye of the viewer with their colorful look and sadistic content. Vivid vampires, guns, tentacles, models with bare breasts, and often everything at once. The oil-painted image filled with insets in solid green, blue or red colors in the background looks like a dynamic collage. Expressive poses and faces of the characters are ready to tell us a story, so we want to turn the page or to enter the cinema hall. The main erotic point here is the nude or semi-nude female body. Elegant lesbianism is also exploited as an unfailing way to get the attention of the audience. These provocative covers may look familiar even for those whose youth happened much later than the release of the comics.

Alessandro Biffignandi erotic

Fig. 12. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi erotic art

Fig. 13. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi nude

Fig. 14. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi Salome

Fig. 15. Salome (corquevols.blogspot.com)

Alessandro Biffignandi nudity

Fig. 16. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi Pinocchio

Fig. 17. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi snow white

Fig. 18. Contes Malicieux (comicvine.gamespot.com)

Alessandro Biffignandi Contes Malicieux

Fig. 19. Contes Malicieux (comicvine.gamespot.com)

Alessandro Biffignandi orgy scene

Fig. 20. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi dinosaur

Fig. 21. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi giant octopus

Fig. 22. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi sex and horror

Fig. 23. 2dgalleries.com

Alessandro Biffignandi harem

Fig. 24. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi erotic fairytale

Fig. 25. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi erotic knight

Fig. 26. corquevols.blogspot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi erotic detective

Fig. 27. 2dgalleries.com

Alessandro Biffignandi erotica

Fig. 28. corquevols.blogspot.com

Zorro Alessandro Biffignandi

Fig. 29. Zorro (corquevols.blogspot.com)

Snow White / Contes Malicieux

Fig. 30. Snow White / Contes Malicieux (corquevols.blogspot.com)

Contes Malicieux comic

Fig. 31. Contes Malicieux (comicvine.gamespot.com)

Alessandro Biffignandi Contes Malicieux comic art

Fig. 32. comicvine.gamespot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi tiny nude female

Fig. 33. corquevols.blogspot.com

Casino Alessandro Biffignandi comic

Fig. 34. comicvine.gamespot.com

Casino comic book art Alessandro Biffignandi

Fig. 35. comicvine.gamespot.com

Alessandro Biffignandi demon

Fig.36.

Alessandro Biffignandi semi nude with monster

Fig.37.

Alessandro Biffignandi shark

Fig.38.

Alessandro Biffignandi man n shark suit

Fig.39.

Alessandro Biffignandi Leda and the Swan

Fig.40.

Alessandro Biffignandi rabbit attack

Fig.41.

Alessandro Biffignandi seductive snow white

Fig.42.

Alessandro Biffignandi horny king

Fig.43.

Sources: Wikipedia.org; bearalley.blogspot.com; comicvine.gamespot.com; corquevols.blogspot.com

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