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Luciano Bottaro

In the mid-twentieth century, Luciano Bottaro (b. Rapallo, Italy, 1931–2006) gained acclaim as a cartoonist throughout Europe, most notably through Pepito, a comics series about a young pirate. In 1958, he co-founded Bierrecì Studios, where he worked on Disney and Warner Brothers characters in addition to his own creations. Bottaro is best known as one of the classic Italian artists of Disney comics.