IL COMANDANTE MARK (1966)
A French merchant vessel sinks off the Atlantic coast of North America, and only a boy and an old man survive. Given a fraternal welcome by the Indians, the pair live with them for many years. Growing up with the name of Mark and called "Wolf" by the Native Americans, the hero of this series, in adulthood, embraces the causes of the American rebels in their struggle against the English domination. A large number of colonists cluster around him, all eager to fight the hated Redcoats, and they set up a sort of small irregular army that becomes known as the "Lupi dell'Ontario" ['Ontario Wolves'], commanded by the courageous Mark. The protagonist is surrounded by several interesting supporting figures: the pessimist Gufo Triste, the massive Mister Bluff and Marks' eternal fiancée, Betty. But the dog Flok deserves a special mention as one of the most successful comic elements of these stories. The series, whose reprints are achieving notable success even today, was a creation of the team Giovanni Sinchetto/Dario Guzzon/Pietro Sartoris, the famous EsseGesse trio who were by now highly experienced. Its enduring popularity shows that a well orchestrated product of constant quality is a perfect recipe for long-lasting popularity.
ALAN MISTERO (1966)
A hero with fiery red hair, an expert at disguises and an infallible marksman, Alan Mistero saw the light in a series of weekly albums published by his creators, the trio Sartoris-Sinchetto-Guzzon, better known as EsseGesse. The series later reappeared, published by the Araldo press, as an appendix to Il Comandante Mark. In line with the habitual canons of its authors, the likeable avenger was flanked in his adventures by two"comic relief chracters": the sophisticated Conte and the greedy Polpetta.
GUN FLINT (1966)
Nominated special agent for the repression of banditry in the West by President Lincoln himself, Gun Flint, in the company of a friendly tramp called Dakota, decides to continue his mission even after the president's assassination, thus turning into a wandering avenger. Written by Maurizio Torelli, this brief saga (which appeared as an appendix to Il Comandante Mark) was at first illustrated by Franco Bignotti, whose work was then continued by Enzo Magni (better known as the pictorial portrayer of the character of Pantera Bionda), when the title of the series was changed to Gun Jim.
RED BUCK (1966)
A short series reflecting the atmosphere of the famous book "North-West Passage" (the protagonist's nickname, Wobi Madaondo, White Devil, was also taken over from the main character of the book). In North America prior to the War of Independence, we find Red Buck, a very skillful border-man, and the funny Ulisse, of French origin, who fulfils the role of comic relief. With scripts by Cesare Melloncelli and the graphic rendering of Sergio Tarquinio, this character appeared in issues nr. 3 and 4 of the Nuova Collana Araldo.
COLLANA RODEO (1967)