Pingu illustrator dies: Italian artist Tony Wolf dead at 88 after career in children’s storytelling
- Wolf, real name Antonio Lupatelli, died last Friday in Cremona, Italian media say
- Illustrated the iconic children’s penguin Pingu who became worldwide success
- Pingu was turned into a BAFTA-winning TV show by German TV producer Otmar Gutmann
Pingu illustrator Antonio Lupatelli – who worked under the pseudonym Tony Wolf – has died aged 88, according to reports coming out of Italy.
Lupatelli, who illustrated the children’s iconic penguin, died in Cremona last Friday, according to La Repubblica.
The illustrator brought Pingu to the printed page before it became world-renowned stop-motion TV show.
Illustrator Antonio Lupatelli – who worked under the pseudonym Tony Wolf – died last Friday according to reports coming out of Italy
Pingu became a worldwide phenomenon when it was turned into a stop-motion children’s TV series
German producer Otmar Gutmann turned the character into a kid’s programme which ran from the late 1980s to 2006 and even won a BAFTA.
Lupatelli was born in 1930 in Busseto and had a long career which saw him illustrate children’s books and comics for various European publishers.
He worked for the likes of Fleetway in the UK and Fratelli Fabbri Editori and Lo Scarabeo in Italy.
At various times in his career, Lupatelli was known by his real name, Tony Wolf, Oda Taro, L’Alpino and Antony Moore.
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