Changing archetypes: a new adventure for Valentina
To celebrate the summer holidays, we share with you a new story featuring Valentina, the famous protagonist created by Guido Crepax. In this new adventure she went in search of the origins of wine.
This story first appeared on Birth – you can find it here. On this occasion, Valentina’s journey is in colour, and goes back across the millennia. Though it is more common to find our heroine in black and white, as Antonio Crepax explains the in the introduction which you can find below, “it would be a mistake to consider Crepax as a colour-less author”.
The drawings, as in the previous story featuring Valentina and created for Luce, are by Lola Airaghi. The colourist is instead Giulia De Ponti. Enjoy your trip with Valentina!
Valentina was born in 1965 when, apart from Peanuts, Italian and foreign comics all appeared on Linus in black and white. Since then, when it came to comics, Crepax always remained faithful to this style which became a trademark, so to speak. Yet it would be a mistake to consider him a colour-less author. Indeed, all his other production was in colour: record covers, advertising campaigns, illustrations for book covers and magazines and the detailed historic scenes designed for Le Civiltà, the encyclopaedia that Vallardi Editore published between 1962 and 1964. And this is indeed what inspired us for this story in colour which Lola Airaghi designed with her style while having fun quoting the creator of Valentina and some of his lesser known works. Enjoy. A brand new Valentina, now in colour.