Born Today Attilio Micheluzzi
Attilio Micheluzzi (11 April 1930 – 20 September 1990, Italy) was born in Umago, Istria, in a family of militaries. He spent most of his childhood living alternatively in Italy and Africa. He held the profession of architect for many years, and worked for the royal family of Libia, before being chased back to Italy by Khadafi. He settled in Naples and began a career in illustration and comics.
Using the pseudonym of Igor Arzt Bajeff (after his grandmother’s Yugoslavian family) he started writing and drawing short historical stories and biographies. In 1974, he created ‘Johnny Focus’ for the weekly magazine Corriere dei Ragazzi. Two years later, he took over ‘Capitan Erik’ from Giovannini and writer Claudio Nizzi. In 1977, for Alter magazine, he created ‘Petra Chèrie’, about a female pilot fighting the Germans during World War I, as well as ‘Simon Flash’ in Scorpio.