|Andrea Bresciani - 1966|
Although his surname suggests Italian ancestry, Andrea Bresciani was born into a Slovenian family – his Slovenian name was Dušan Brešan. The town of his birth, Tolmin, was originally part of Slovenia, but, with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of the First World War (1914-18), large tracts of Slovenian territory were ceded to Italy. As a result, Tolmin became known as Tolmino, and formed part of the Italian province of Gorizia.
NOTE: Tony Falco was created by the Italian writer Andrea Lavezollo, and starred the eponymous hero, an Italian engineer working in Egypt. The comic was published from December 1948 to November 1949, with each issue featuring a self-contained contained episode. The entire series was published in a facsimile edition by ANAFI in 1975.
|Tony Falco, No.9 (A. Bresciani) - 1948|
Sadly, there are many gaps in our knowledge of Bresciani’s work for Italian publishers during the immediate post-war period. He drew many stories anonymously (a common policy enforced by publishers at the time), or he used to sign his artwork as "BRADUAN". While exact records do not exist, it appears that, between 1945-50, he did draw some episodes for the weekly comic book, Albi Dell’Intrepido (Intrepid Comic Books), for the publisher, Universo.
|Albi dell'Intrepido, No.116 (A. Bresciani), 1948|
In addition to his comic book work, Bresciani also provided interior artwork for the company’s other publications, such as Squire, a men’s magazine. Although Bresciani worked for the company while living in Sydney, Atlas Publications was based in Clifton Hill, Melbourne.
|Sgt Pat of The Radio Patrol, No.75 (A. Bresciani)|
|Frontiers of Science (A. Bresciani) - circa early 1960s|
NOTE: Frontiers of Science was indisputably one of Australia's most successful
comic-strip exports. Each week-long sequence was devoted to a specific topic, explored through five consecutive daily episodes. The series was first published in The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in 1961, and subsequently appeared in most other capital city daily newspapers throughout Australia.
Frontiers of Science was syndicated to newspapers throughout the United States and Canada by The Los Angeles Times, and was sold to Editors Press Service (now trading as Atlantic Syndication), which translated and sold the comic strip to newspaper clients in Europe, South America, and Asia.The comic strip concluded in 1982, following the death of Stuart Butler.
AB: Around the 1960s, the Australian comic-book industry was at the end of its glorious era. A pity to say, but it was true. One of the last comic books I remember doing was drawing a few episodes of Smoky Dawson for KG Murray Publishing, around 1960. Smoky Dawson was originally a daily strip drawn by Albert De Vine for the Sydney Sun [newspaper]. In my spare time, I did illustrations for Adam, Man, and Pocket Man, published by KG Murray.
|The Adventures of Smoky Dawson, Nos.10 & 11 (A. Bresciani) - circa 1960|
Following the closure of Atlas Publications in 1957, Bresciani worked as a freelance illustrator for Horwitz Publications (Sydney, Australia), where he painted numerous covers for their pulp-fiction "Western" novelette series, including Wyatt Earp and Todd Conrad.
|Wyatt Earp, No.1 (A. Bresciani), 1959|
GT: After you established yourself in Australia, did you go back to Italy?
|Mister Smog (A. Bresciani)|
|20,000 Leagues Under the Sea |
(Burbank Films Australia, 1985)
|Andrea Bresciani, circa 1990s|
A modified version of Giuseppe Trovato’s original interview with Andrea Bresciani was published in the Australian edition of the Italian-language newspaper, Il Globo, on March 2, 2005 (Melbourne) Other articles on Andrea Bresciani by Giuseppe Trovato include: ‘Addio, Andrea Bresciani’ (Farewell, Andrea Bresciani), Fumeto, March 2006, and Il Globo (Melbourne), April 21, 2006; ‘Tony Falco (In Memory of Andrea Bresciani)’, Il Globo (Melbourne), March 27, 2007.