Giovan Battista Carpi

Giovan Battista Carpi (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvam batˈtista ˈkarpi]; November 16, 1927 – March 8, 1999) was an Italian comics artist from Genoa.

Giovan Battista Capri
Born(1927-11-16)November 16, 1927
Genoa, Kingdom of Italy
DiedMarch 8, 1999(1999-03-08) (aged 71)
Genoa, Italy

Carpi worked mainly for Disney comics, mostly on books featuring Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, although he occasionally drew Mickey Mouse as well. He created Paperinik with Guido Martina. He also created other well-known comic characters for Edizioni Bianconi, as Geppo, Nonna Abelarda and Soldino.

Disney parody artistEdit

Carpi drew a popular series of "Disney Parodies" stories for the Italian Disney comics magazine Topolino. As the German-language Duckipedia notes, "His love for historical fashions and costumes predisposed Carpi for Disney parodies of world literature, such as Paperino principe di Dunimarca, a parody of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, or Il mistero dei candelabri, a parody of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables."[1]

Other popular parodies by Carpi include Guerra e Pace (1986, based upon War and peace by Leo Tolstoy), Paperino e il vento del Sud (1982, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell), Paperino e il giro del mondo in otto giorni (1962, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne), Paperin Caramba y Carmen Olè (1979, Carmen by Georges Bizet), Paolino Pocatesta e la bella Franceschina (1980, Inferno by Dante Alighieri), Topolino corriere dello Zar (1966, Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne), La metamorfosi di un papero (1991, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka).


In 2019 Battista Carpi was dedicated a volume in the Disney Masters book series from Fantagraphics Books, in the volume titled, Uncle Scrooge: King of the Golden River (2019) ISBN 978-1-68396-170-3.


  1. ^ "Seine Vorliebe für alte Moden und Kostüme prädestinierte Carpi geradezu für Persiflagen und Parodien, von 'Donald, Prinz von Duckenmark' bis 'Das Geheimnis der Silberleuchter', in denen Shakespeares Hamlet und Victor Hugos 'Die Elenden' humorvoll aufbereitet wurden." Duckipedia entry on Giovan Battista Carpi

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