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Satanik (1968) - Piero Vivarelli [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Satanik film poster
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Dana, photocredit unidentified
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Italian fumetti neri, Satanik covers


Satanik is an Italian noir comic book created in December 1964 by Max Bunker (writer) and Magnus (drawer), also authors of the popular characters Kriminal and Alan Ford.

Satanik is Marnie Bannister, a skilled female scientist whose face is marked by an unpleasant angioma. One day she casually develops a drug which transforms her into a charming and fascinating red-haired woman: but, as in Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the drug has an unexpected side effect, making her a murderous crime mastermind. Satanik was innovative in the fact she took advantage of her sex appeal to conclude her crimes, and some proto-erotic scenes appeared in the series. It showed also a broad range of horror and supernatural themes like vampires, evil ghosts and monsters. The series had several problems with censorship and some of the books were sequestrated. Lieutnant Trent, Satanik main opponent.

The main antagonist of Satanik is the policeman Lt. Trent, whose companion Satanik had killed. After a ménage with the jewel trader Max Lincoln (#38-100), in the last numbers she gets engaged with Kriss Hunter, a coloured private detective. One of the villains of the series, the vampire Baron Wurdalak, later also appeared in Alan Ford's series.

The comic book, in black and white digest format, was published for ten years. Magnus left after N° 161. Other artists who worked on the series include Roberto Romanini and Franco Verola. Last number was N° 231 of November 1974, in which Satanik and her boyfriend seem to drown. Satanik was translated in France as Demoniak.

In 1968 Satanik became a movie directed by Pietro Vivarelli, starring Magda Konopka in the main role. --hhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanik [Jun 2006]

Satanik (1968) - Piero Vivarelli

Satanik (1968) - Piero Vivarelli [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Killing (comics)

Killing is a fictional character featured in a series of an Italian photocomics of the same name. The book was entitled Satanik in the French edition. The book was sold as "Photostories for Adults". It ran for 19 issues in 1965. The book was published by Ponzoni and editor Pietro Granelli.

Killing is a vicious criminal, totally without mercy. Wearing a black and white costume styled on a human skeleton, he slaughters other criminals unrepetantly, often stealing their once-stolen loot. He crafts masks from a flesh-like substance to imitate his victims. Killing's methods are brutal and sadistic, and the lurid covers and stories often feature him attacking, torturing, and murdering scantily clad women.

Supporting characters include Killing's lover Dana, the only person who knows his secret identity, and Inspector Mercier, a determined policeman who always just misses catching and detaining Killing for his crimes.

The character of Killing was inspired by several previous characters from French and Italian pulp fiction, including Fantômas , Diabolik, and especially Kriminal. Killing's books, however, were far more violent and sexually explicit than those predecessors. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_%28comics%29 [Jun 2006]

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