Kinowa is an Italian comic book series created by Andrea Lavezzolo and EsseGesse.

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Publication date1950 – 1961
Creative team
Written byAndrea Lavezzolo


The Western comic series debuted in May 1950, with text by Andrea Lavezzolo (who signed the comics with the pen name A. Lawson) and artwork by the trio EsseGesse (Pietro Sartoris, Dario Guzzon and Giovanni Sinchetto), at their debut.[1] When Essegesse passed to draw other comics - as Blek Macigno and Captain Miki - the stories of Kinowa were illustrated by Pietro Gamba.[2] The main character of the series is Sam Boyle, a man that, scalped and left for dead after an attack on the convoy in which perished his wife and son, builds a duck skin mask with the likeness of the devil and, turned into the avenging spirit Kinowa, persecutes the descendants of his attackers.[1]

The comics had a significant success in Turkey, where Kinowa became protagonist, between 1971 ad 1972, of three western-adventure films (Kinova - Demir Yumruk, Kara Seytan - Kinova 2 and Kam^ili Kadin - Kinova 3).[3] It is considered as the initiator of the Italian western-gothic subgenre.[4]

See alsoEdit

Other comics series created by Andrea Lavezzolo:


  1. ^ a b Ferruccio Giromini (1996). Gulp!: 100 anni a fumetti : un secolo di disegni, avventure, fantasia. Electa, 1996. ISBN 8843555294.
  2. ^ Gianni Bono. Guida al fumetto italiano. Epierre, 2003.
  3. ^ AA.VV. (2006). Il cinema dei fumetti. Gremese Editore, 2006. ISBN 8884404428.
  4. ^ Sergio Giuffrida, Riccardo Mazzoni (1999). Giallo: poliziesco, thriller e detective story. Leonardo Arte, 1999. ISBN 8878135399.