Fumetti: The Collection of Finest Examples of Sleazy Lowbrow Art the World Has Ever Known

Italian comics also known as fumetto, plural form fumetti. The most popular Italian comics have been translated into many languages. The term fumetto (literally little puff of smoke) refers to the distinctive word balloons that contain the dialog in comics (also called nuvoletta, “little cloud”, in Italian).

Sure, these grindhouse movie posters could get racy and over-the-top, but nothing compares to the fumetti in terms of jaw-dropping sleaze performed with artistic skill.

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. Enjoy!

h/t: retrospace

































































































































































(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

More Inspiring Stories

Designer Joao Simons
These Humorous Stinker Station Signs Helped to Provide Comic Relief for Motorists in Idaho During the 1950s and ’60s
Old Toys Receive Donated Limbs To Educate Kids About Organ Transplants
Awkward Christian Music Album Covers
Hilarious NSFW Coloring Book Corruptions To Ruin Your Childhood Fun
1940s Guide Shows How To Kiss Correctly
Brussels-Based Photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte And Nicolas Vantomme Freeze Dancer In Time As She Spins Through Clouds Of Powder
Politically Incorrect: This Artist Manipulates Popular Culture References To Satirize Contemporary Society And Politics
"Fragments Of The Past": The Superb Contemporary Industrial Paintings By Pavel Otdelnov
Chris Keegan by Cosmic Creatures
Chinese Teacher Has Some Serious Chalk Skills
"We Do Lockdown": A Razor-Sharp Satire of COVID-19 Lockdown Life Packed Full of Parodies of Vintage Illustrations by Miriam Elia
Ed Merlin Murray And His Quirky Hand-Animated Illustrations
The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga
The Funniest Marathon Signs
Lingerie Models Replaced Mascots During A Football Match
Go Outside Magazine - Jailhouses
"Tomorrow Never Came": The Dystopian Worlds of Abel Chan Arce
Marissa Oosterlee Creates Beautiful Hypperrealistic Portraits of Submerged Woman
A Skilled Artist Uses His Classroom Chalkboard as a Constant Canvas
Clever Ads Feature Classic Artists Photographing Their Self Portrait
Creative Employees Transform Their Office with 'Star Wars' Murals Made of 3,597 Post-Its
This Russian Woman Grew Her Hair To Rapunzel Length
Guy Edits Disney Characters Into His Photos And The Result Looks Like They’re Having A Blast
The Trick Copy On These Clever Ads Shows Another Side To Homelessness
A Plague Of Dragons: The Superb Fantasy Artworks By Justin Gerard
Incredibly Unique Shadow Doodles By Vincent Bal
Disney Artist Inserts Beloved Characters Into Old, Traditional Japanese Photos
Women’s Everyday Problems Illustrated By Romanian Artist
Books That Sound Dirty, But Are Completely Innocent