(31/5/1939 - 5/2/1996, Italy) Roberto Raviola, best known as Magnus, was specialized in so-called "fumetti neri" (adult comics). After working as an illustrator for a while, he started his comic career in 1964. He used the pseudonym Magnus, derived from the Latin expression 'Magnus Pictor Fecit' ("A Great Painter Did It"). He teamed up with writer Luciano Secchi (Max Bunker), with whom he launched successful series like 'Kriminal' (1964-71), 'Satanik' (1964-70), 'Dennis Cobb Agente Secrete SSO 18' (1965-67) and 'Alan Ford' (1969-75, 1986) and 'Gesebel' (1966), published in pocket comics by Corno. The duo Magnus-Bunker aditionally pruduced 'Maxmagnus' for Eureka magazine between 1968 and 1970.In 1975, Magnus started the series 'Lo Sconosciuto', which was published in magazines like Strisce e Musica and Orient-Express. In 1977 and 1978, he traveled with the acting company La Compagnia della Forca through Minor Asia. Upon his return in Europe, he started the long saga 'I Briganti', based on a Chinese novel. He additionally created 'Milady 3000' in 1980 and returned to the pocket genre with the humorous comic 'Necron'.
Magnus's work has also been introduced in France through the magazines Métal Hurlant and L'Écho des Savanes and publishers like Albin Michel and Magic Strip. In L'Écho des Savanes, he began the erotic serial 'Les 110 Pilules', which was later continued by Georges Pichard. In 1988, Magnus did art on 'I Femmine Incantate' for Dolce Vita. Shortly before his death, Magnus illustrated 'The Valley of Terror', a long episode of 'Tex Willer' written by Virgilio Muzzi for Bonelli.