Thursday, January 04, 2007

Alberto Breccia & Me

From Perramus by Juan Sasturain and Alberto Breccia

For some time now I've wanted to publish something about Alberto Breccia. If he's known at all in the English speaking comics world, it's probably as the father of artist Enrique Breccia; but Alberto was a prodigious talent - I'd go as far as to say, one of the all-time greats of world comics.

I felt it especially important to write something now, as my latest work on the 2000AD series Stickleback owes a great deal to Breccia, particularly the series Perramus, for which he devised a paint-and-collage technique which looked like nothing before or since. With the following article (split across four posts for manageability), I'll try to show a line of development from Breccia's brilliant but relatively conventional work in the early 60's, through to the unique and ground breaking work of the 1970's and 80's.

I believe that if you're an artist, you should talk about your influences, partly give credit where credit's due, and partly to share those things that have inspired you.

I hope you're as inspired by Alberto Breccia's work as I have been.

Breccia Part 1: Mort Cinder
Breccia Part 2: El Eternauta to Lovecraft
Breccia Part 3: Perramus
Breccia Conclusion


Graeme Neil Reid said...

That was so good, thank you for the 'article'. Wow, some of those Mort Cinder panels are amazing, the shop front panel blew my mind! I love all the textures in the townscape panel from Perramus, you can really see the influences in Stickleback. Thanks again for a great read and the links to be scrutinized ovr :)

paulhd said...

Sadly I only have the first issue of Perramus and memories of a chunky 70's (maybe 80's?) hardback book of odd horror stories that I'm sure featured Breccia's work. Your essay's really made me want to get more, even if I won't be able to read them, always nice when people manage to successfully translate their enthusiasm of something into something for other's to see.

Anonymous said...

Feliz año nuevo//happy new year D´israeli.

Great post about Breccia´s work. You are his best publicizer in English Language. It´s a pity most of English speaking readers don´t know him. By the way I recommend all of you “Dracul,Drac, Vlad, Bah!”given that is mute comic, just pictures. Its colourfull but dark work very critical with Argentinian political situation.

Indeed it is amazing how he still experimented until his late years, he eve used corrupted water. He sets high standards for himself in his work, not just with his art but also with scripts. He said in an interview he refused first “Mort Cinder” script in order to improve it and Oesterheld was very reputed writer.

I hope you are still studing your Spanish classes, I also have to revise my English

Saludos// greetings

John Eje Thelin said...

I don't know from Breccia, but that's a case of multiple Åke Jävels up there.

Daniel Rico said...

genial tu blog.

soy fan de BRECCIA.

difundire tu sitio entre mis conocidos.

no se ingles pero igual se entiende bastante.

saludos desde el sur.

danie rico

artist Dejan Ostojic said...

Hey Israeli,

This is awesome you put out from the history box name like Alberto Breccia. He is for sure one of the biggest comic artist in history. I personally love his work a lot. Here are couple more sites of him:

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nevermore said...


I have read your "Scarlet traces", a nice & intersting story with an original concept, congratulations!

I did not know about your blog until today, and i've read your A. Breccias'post. Yes, his work is amazing, and I am a real fan to his work. Among the work he did in the 40/50's, he made some beautiful serials when he was heavily influenced by Alex Raymond.
Feel free to contact me if you want some pics. I have also some double in my collection if you are interested.
I am not a professional, just a devotee.

Good day to you from France!...

LMR said...

Amazing blog! I'm glad to see someone making an effort to give Alberto Breccia more exposure in the English-speaking world.

Sarah Velez said...

YES! Please do that. I discovered Breccia's work almost by acccident last year. The Cthulu thing absolutely blew my doors off.

It appals me that work like that hasn't been translated into english and brought to a wider audience, because it deserves to be.

If nothing else, so it can inspire artists to build on what he did. I wish more work was as daring as Breccia. Even as old as it is, it's still sort of out on the vanguard of comics.

So yeah. Publish that stuff. That would be a great kickstarter campaign.

Marcos said...

Thanks for this - I will investigate further. NB Breccia is featured heavily in the Argentine section of 'The Essential Guide to World Comics'.

rimone said...

it's been only about two hours but I'm way over-stimulated thanks to the kindness you and Rob showed me at Forbidden Planet this evening, especially permitting me to bor- I mean, blather on and on and on. *puke* ;-)

many thanks again.
sincerely, rimone