Milo Manara was born in Luson, a small mountain town in the province of Bolzano, on 12 September 1945.
It is one of many erotic-noir comic books published at the end of the 1960s. Milo Manara draws nonstop the first 22 numbers.
The first exhibition
At Il Ludro in Verona, his first major personal exhibition, "Cartoonist".
Milo Manara marries Luisa Fedrigoli, life partner and fundamental support for his career.
Simona is born, the first daughter of Milo and Luisa. Simona has always helped her father, even at work, has in fact been worked as the colorist on some of his works.
Mario, the second son of Milo and Luisa, is born. Together with his father, he has recently created "Milowines", to unite the two great family passions: wine and art.
Manara created his first successful character and wrote the story for the first time, first published in France by the magazine (A SUIVRE): HP and Giuseppe Bergman, where "HP" is a clear reference to his master and mentor Hugo Pratt.
The Paperman is a beautiful adventure, a western comic realized for the French editor Dargaud. In Italy it was published on Pilot magazine. Manara moves away from experimentalism to tell an adventure written and drawn from the Indians point of view.
In 1982 Manara collaborates also with the adult magazine Playmen which commissions him an erotic comic. Manara, free to give voice to his own imagination, invents an erotic transgressive and joyful story. Click is his most known and sold work about the middle-class hypocrisy.
Meeting with Hugo Pratt
In October 1983, based on texts by Hugo Pratt, Manara draws, in the Corto Maltese magazine, Indian Summer, considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the two artists and one of the most beautiful works of Italian comics. Comic book written by Hugo Pratt and focused on the atmosphere of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The idea comes from the novel The Invisible Man, written in 1881 by H.G.Wells. Butterscotch is created by request of the French magazine Écho des Savanes of Albin Michel, editor who successfully published Click.
Meeting with Fellini
In 1987 Manara began his collaboration with Federico Fellini, thanks to Vincenzo Mollica who had them meet some time before. The great maestro from Rimini, to whom Manara had dedicated a short story, Senza Titolo, had greatly influenced him, especially with 8 and ½. Following their meeting, Fellini asks him to illustrate a screenplay published in the "Corriere della Sera".
The collaboration between Manara and a comic master like Jodorowsky gives life to The Borgias, a four-part sweeping saga of sex, blood and religion, published by Mondadori.
Agreement with COMICON
In 2008 Manara signs an exclusive agreement with COMICON for the care and management of all its exhibitions, in Italy and abroad, as a result in the last ten years there have been many events, exhibitions, festivals to which Manara has participated all over the world, from Brazil, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Norway and South Korea.
Laurea Honoris Causa
On February 20, 2009 the Academy of Belle Arti of Macerata awarded him a Honoris Causa degree.
Manara returns to work for the United States, in a project about the X-Men girls, the X-Women, written by Chris Claremont.
Le Stanze del Desiderio
In Siena at the Museum Complex of Santa Maria della Scala, one of the largest anthological exhibitions dedicated to the Master takes place
Manara returns to the world of comics with a project on the great artist Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio. A painter which Manara feels very attached to and whose adventures allow him to create an interesting and complex screenplay.
Nel Segno di Manara
On the occasion of the re-opening of the historic Palazzo Pallavicini in Bologna, anthological exhibition "Nel segno di Manara" is displayed.
Caravaggio vol. 2
Esce in Francia per Glénat, in anteprima mondiale, seguito dalla pubblicazione in tutto il mondo, il secondo volume del Caravaggio, intitolato la Grazia. Panini Comics farà uscire la versione italiana a febbraio 2019.
Big Exhibition in Angoulême
To celebrate his 50 years of career the Angouleme International Comics Festival, the most important event in Europe, organises a huge solo exhibition for the Italian Maestro. Curated by Claudio Curcio and Romain Brethes, the show was acclaimed by a great number of visitors during the festival.