Friday, December 04, 2015
Juan Zanotto : Falka 1993 - 2003
Juan Zanotto (Giovanni Zanotto, September 26, 1935 – April 13, 2005) was an Italian-born Argentine comic book artist who worked both in Europe and Argentina.
In 1953 he started to work at Editorial Codex where he worked on stories by other authors, and in subsequent years did adventure comics, westerns and drew early stories for Tatin and The Phantom.
With Ray Collins (Eugenio Zappietro) he created the fanta-prehistoric Henga ("Yor" in Italian) using his and Diego Navarro's scripts (the 1983 film Yor, "the Hunter from the Future" was based on this graphic novel), the western "Wakantanka" with scripts by Héctor Germán Oesterheld, and the science fiction "Bárbara" (1979–1983)
Falka Volume 1: Devil's Breath
Horizontes Perdidos / Falka is a comic book series of science fiction in eight episodes, scripted and designed by Juan Zanotto between 1993 and 2003.
Episodes 1 and 2 were published first in Argentina, the other being published first in Italy (as "Orizzonti perduti / Falka")
Horizontes Perdidos, originally written in 1993 is Zanotto's first work as a writer as well as an illustrator. Falka, which is the continuation of Horizontes Perdidos, lasted until 2003.
Falka is a beautiful and strong warrior heroine, forced to flee her tribe of Amazons. Since then, she goes in search of Fountain of fire in the middle of bandits, sorcerers, damned villagers and miners futuristic.
Falka is a lone Amazon warrior, shunned and hunted by her village for reasons she does not understand. Her heroic journey takes her South in search of the mythical Fire Springs. Will Falka's journey redeem her with her tribe, or is she leading them to ruin with her every step?
In fact, under the guise of beautiful curvy woman warrior Falka hides Lieutenant Dan Darnell of the Galactic Confederacy, who during a combat mission on planet Alphard IV decides to experiment on himself the prototype of a portable biomolecular conversor and disguise from his pursuers (episode 1).
Darnell can not reverse the transformation before it becomes irreversible due to a series of events, He lost and found twice the bioconversor, but first the battery is low, later the device is damaged irreparably in a shootout.
Despite the anguish of his situation, Falka casually uses her new feminine features to enter the city of the Amazons and free his girlfriend Beverly.
Even when at the end Falka and Bev are saved by a rescue team of their space station, there is nothing left to do to help Lieutenant Darnell to return to his male body, therefore, He is forced to stay as a woman for the rest of his life (episode 2).
The setting is related to classical themes from science fiction, but the peculiarity of the story is primarily the change of sex and life of Lt. Darnell, which leads to many erotic ideas.
Towards the end of episode 2 He willingly reciprocates the love of two young lesbian amazons and continues to desire Bev, but by the middle of the same episode, despite the instructions of bioconversor explaining that the change is only physical (at least during the reversible phase transformation), the change in his body leads Falka to retain a "unexpected attraction to a male character".
In later episodes Falka is strict in rejecting the advances of many different men she meets.
In return, for the last two episodes Falka discovers maternal instinct when helping an orphan girl.
Published in Greece by the Graffic Novel Magazine " 9 " by the Newspaper "Eleftherotypia" . This magazine closed at June 2010 , after 10 years .
Το 9 υπήρξε ένθετο περιοδικό με θέμα τα κόμικς και την επιστημονική φαντασία και κυκλοφόρησε από τον Ιούνιο 2000 μέχρι και τον Ιούνιο του 2010 ,κάθε Τετάρτη δωρεάν μαζί με την εφημερίδα Ελευθεροτυπία,ενώ από το Μάιο του 2009 κυκλοφορούσε κάθε Σάββατο.
Ονομάστηκε "9" προς τιμή της 9ης τέχνης, δηλαδή των κόμικς,Το περιοδικό 9 έκλεισε τον κύκλο του μετά από 10 χρόνια κυκλοφορίας τον Ιούνιο του 2010