Alan Ford, the Italian comic; authors: screenwriter Luciano Secchi (pseudonym: Max Bunker) and cartoonist Roberto Ravioli (pseudonym: Magnus). First published in May 1969th. It’s been over 35 years since the appearance of “Alan Ford”. Strip, which since the first number, won over audiences across Yugoslavia. Along this strip are the generations of young people in Yugoslavia, grew up with the TNT crew.
Realization of the idea of Alan Ford’s hero did not appear suddenly, she was not the result of inspiration than the current long-term progressive tendencies, widely famous Italian duo, people who were hiding under pseudonyms Magnus & Bunker, who, as it turned out, became the uncrowned kings social satire, humor, masters and virtuosi grotesque! Comic couple Magnus & Bunker greatly inspired so the reader’s imagination, and that was crucial for their success. Many, seeing the perfect professional and emotional symbiosis of these two men, were convinced that Magnus and Bunker actually one person.
This comic book would not have been different from the rest of comics from that time if one fact should take into consideration. This stip experienced a peak of popularity in Italy, which is also his home country, and in the former Yugoslavia. Some believe that Yugoslav Communist Party is responsible for the success, because thay provide money for the production of comics. Others, consider that a crucial for success of that comics is distinctive sense of humor, which is represented in the comics. Most materials, including comic books, which at that time were available to the audience were mostly created by the regime.
Alan Ford next to famous heroes such as No.1, Gunf, Sir Oliver, Jeremiah and Bob Rock had one character who has left a memorable mark, it’s Super Hick. Super Hick’s the guy who stole from the poor to give to the rich. This paradox has become an inspiration to many authors after Alan Ford.