For me, the adult fumetti from the 1970s-1980s are the true heirs to the classic American horror pulp covers of the 1930s-40s. Peruse a cover gallery of early pulps and you'll find that same characteristic over-the-top, ultra-lurid, and uncomfortably misogynistic vibe. As we entered mid-century, things got tamer and censorship was enforced... but not in Europe where the adult fumetti kept the lowbrow horror illustration alive and well. The content is mildly disturbing (and often hilariously bizarre), but the artwork, for the most part, is pretty damn good. Have a look...
We'll start with a handful of covers from Zora.
You might be wondering how Zora got so tied up... what with her assailant having no hands or forearms. I must admit, I'm a little curious myself.
A lot of fumetti artists copied movie art or other artists' work with abandon. The similarity of the above monster to Christopher Lee's Frankenstein Monster is uncanny.
And last but not least - SUKIA...