Horacio Altuna (born November 24, 1941) is an Argentine comics artist. Very young, Altuna has a passion for drawing. It is the student’s Gianni Dalfiume, who encouraged him to take a serious interest in comics. His line is both realistic and cartoonish. In the world of erotic comics, he attended through publications in Playboy magazine, he recalls Milo Manara, with more humor. Since 1982 he lives and works in Spain. In 1986, he received the Yellow Kid. Horacio Altuna now lives in Sitges, Barcelona. He is married and has three children.
Born in Córdoba, Altuna made his debut in the comics world in 1965 for publisher Editorial Columbia. His first characters were Titan, a Superman-like superhero, Kabul de Bengala (1971, written by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Armando Fernández among others), Big Norman, Hilario Corvalán and others.
From 1973 to 1976 Altuna collaborated with Fleetway, Ediciones Record, Charlton Comics, Playboy and the French Les Humanoïdes Associés.
In July 1975, in the daily newspaper El Clarín, Altuna with writer Carlos Trillo created the journalist character Hugo Chávez, best known as El loco Chavez, one of the Argentine most popular comics strips. Also with Trillo Altuna has drawn the series Charlie Moon and Las puertitas del señor López.
In 1982 Altuna moved to Sitges, Spain, drawing stories for the Editorial Toutain and short erotic stories for Playboy. As of February 2005, he has published the comic strip Familia Tipo in the newspaper El Periódico.
Award: 1986 – Yellow Kid and Gran Guinigi prize for Best Foreign Author
Self-taught artist Horacio Altuna made his debut in Argentina in 1965. He began a longtime collaboration with the publishing house Colomba in Buenos Aires in 1967, where he co-created characters like ‘Big Norman’ (with writer Robin Wood), ‘Hilario Corvalan’ (with Sergio Almendre), ‘Los Cuzados’ and ‘Kabul’ (with Hector German Oesterheld). In addition, he worked for the publishers Quinterno, Abril and Atlantida, as well as the Fleetway group in London. In 1975, he created the series ‘El Loco Chavez’ with the writer Carlos Trillo in the daily Clarin. The strip was a huge success, and was adapted for TV and published in Spain and France.
Altuna became secretary of the Argentinean Comic Association and taught graphics at the School of Arts in Buenos Aires. In 1982, he moved to Spain, where he got assiciated with Josep Toutain’s agency. He contributed to magazines like Zona 84, Comix Internacional, Cimoc and Play Boy.Already a master of black and white techniques, he devoted himself to stories in color, like ‘Ficcionario’, ‘Tragaperas’, ‘Merdichensky’ and ‘Charlie Moon’, which were published all over Europe. In 1986, he drew the political fiction ‘Chances’ in Pilote et Charlie, and received the ‘Yellow Kid Award for the Best Illustrator’ from the International Comics Salon in Lucca. In the 1990s, he produced several albums published by Toutain (‘Charlie Moon’), Les Humanoïdes Associés (‘Noëls Fripons’, ‘Douce Randonnée’) and Titanic (‘Voyeur’).
From 1993, he was present in Co & Co, a new adult monthly of Ediciones B, for which he conceived ‘Hot L.A.’. He specialized short erotic stories, which were published in most of the European editions of Playboy magazine. While his main focus in the 1990s were erotic comics, he also produced the family comic ‘Familia Tipo’ in El Periódico and later in the Argentine daily El Nene Montano. A talented realistic comic artist, Altuna has made many innovations in traditional comic layout, experimenting with the placement of his text balloons.
Altuna’s work as a complete author (writer/artist, except where noted) includes:
Daily strips published in the Argentine newspaper Clarín:
El Loco Chávez (with writer Carlos Trillo, 1975–87)
El Nene Montanaro (1994–2002)
Es lo que Hay (Reality) (2010–present)
Las puertitas del Sr. López, with Carlos Trillo
Merdichesky, with Trillo
El último recreo, with Trillo
Tragaperras, with Trillo
Various cartoons for Playboy (since 1988)
Hot L.A. (1992, 2000)