3-4-5 MAY 2024
Tanino Liberatore

Tanino Liberatore is an Italian cartoonist, illustrator and painter, born in Quadri in 1953. He studied architecture before turning to illustration and advertising in 1975. Three years later, together with Stefano Tamburini and Andrea Pazienza, he created the first version of Rank Xerox for the magazine Cannibale and later for Il Male. In 1980 Liberatore participated in the creation of the magazine Frigidaire, for which he produced several series of illustrations and a new version of Rank Xerox, renamed RanXerox, with a script by Tamburini. After his friend died 1986, Liberatore quitted from comic books, although he briefly revived the RanXerox character between 1993 and 1996, with the help of Jean-Luc Fromental and Alain Chabat.

In the early 1980s, Liberatore moved to Paris, where he still lives today. He achieved great popularity there and developed a versatile career in illustration (Tranfert, Métal Hurlant, À Suivre). In addition to RanXerox, he drew different short comic stories written by Setbono, Daniel Varenne, Bruce Jones or Bruce Helford for L'Écho des Savanes, Chic (in France), Twisted Tales and Hustler (in the USA), among others. Liberatore is also known for designing album covers, such as Frank Zappa's 1982 album The Man from Utopia.

In Spain, RanXerox, an amoral cyborg of colossal proportions, was first published in the pages of El Víbora magazine in 1980. In 2022, Ediciones La Cúpula will publish the definitive complete edition of Ranx, the cult series of the 80s that revolutionized ninth art.

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