Edgardo Dell’Acqua (23 October 1912 – 1986) was one of the classic artists of Italian adventure serials, which came to blossom in comic magazines like L’Audace and Il Vittorioso in the 1930s and 1940s. He was at the top of his production with the action comic book ‘Gim Toro’ in the second half of the 1940s. As the market changed, he worked on small-format western comic books in the 1950s, and on adult-oriented erotic comic books in the 1960s and 1970s. He has mainly worked for publishing houses from his hometown Milan.
Dell’Acqua studied painting at art school, and was initially an assistant for painter Alberto Vassallo on the production of film posters. Dell’Acqua made his first comic story at the age of 20 under the guidance of Antonio Rubino. This story, ‘Mario e Furio nell’Africa misteriosa’ was published in I Tre Porcellini in 1936. Around the same period, he was one of the illustrators of the children’s magazine II Cartoccino dei Piccoli. He also made several stories for the children’s magazine Il Corriere dei Piccoli, such as ‘Storia di Francesco Matteo Maciò’, ‘Fiamme sul Polo’ and ‘L” Invasione di Milano’.