Angoletta Bruno

Roma, Italy

07.09.1889 - 07.01.1954

Cartoonist, illustrator, comic artist

Angoletta Bruno, born in Belluno, Italy, in 1899. From an early age Bruno Angoletta showed a talent for drawing, and he sold his first cartoons to the humor magazine L’Asino when he was not yet twenty. He later collaborated on Pasquino and La fribuna filustrata. In 1921 he staged Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and also illustrated several hooks and designed book covers. After draw­ing a number of pages for the weeklies La Domenico and II Giornalino, Angoletta went over to II Corriere dei Piccoli in 1928. creating for that magazine many comic strips, among them the famous. Vlarmittone. Other Angoletta strips include II Professor Tubo, Girometto, Pancotto, Pompon della Micragna, Calogero Sorbara (1930) and Centerbe Ermete (1934-41).

During the 1930s and early 1940s Angoletta also contributed cartoons to a great number of publica­tions, such as Girotondo, Novella, Donna, L’Ardita and II Balilla, the Fascist youth organization news­paper. for which he created at the time of the Ethio­pian war the two famous fez-topped twins Romolino and Romoletto. He also drew many anti-British and anti-American cartoons during World War II. After the defeat of Fascism, Angoletta went into a long period of silence, from which he emerged in 1950 to collaborate on Giovanni Guareschi’s newly created satirical weekly, II Candido. Angoletta’s cartoons appeared in its pages until his death in Milan in 1954.

Reference:  The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons, 1981




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