He is one of the most important Italian comics authors of the twentieth century, characterized by an absolutely personal and recognizable style, which combines the peculiar anatomies of the characters with the construction of very detailed tables and grotesque and surreal elements.
Born in Termoli in 1923, he began publishing, when he was still sixteen, for the Florentine satirical magazine Il brivido, thus starting a long and prolific career.
He collaborates with countless magazines and newspapers (Il Corriere dei Piccoli, Il Giorno, Il Travaso, Linus), inventing dozens of characters (Cocco Bill above all) and realizes the famous Vitt Diary, a real must for the students of the time.
An affectionate participant in the Salone, he is awarded three times: Palme d'Or for humorous drawing in 1971 and for illustrated literature in 1975 and finally Golden Date for Humor Comics in 1997!
In 1994 the President of the Italian Republic Oscar Luigi Scalfaro confers on him the title of Knight of the Order of Merit.
Benito Jacovitti died in Rome in 1997.
ASSOCIAZIONE SALONE INTERNAZIONALE UMORISMO
The event could not have lasted for over fifty years without the contribution of numerous "volunteers" and "precepts" who brought enthusiasm and desire to do whatever the task received, with nineteenth-century shifts! From the choice of the drawings, to the preparation of the panels (always the same every year), to the posting with various pins of the hundreds of drawings up to the presence on stage.
We therefore want to thank, in absolutely no order but with equal contributions, all those who come to mind, apologizing if we miss some, but we are ready to fix it!
Sponsors: Agnesi, Olio Calvi, Olio Carli, Pallanca, Martini & Rossi, Atkinsons, Seat - Pagine Gialle, Fiat, Citizen, La Stampa, Radio Montecarlo, etc.
The accommodation activities, Chez Louis, Bar GP, La Vecchia, Mino du Re Dolceacqua, Terme di Pigna, Ristorante Cacciatori Imperia, Hotel Michelin,
Presenters: Luisella Berrino, Cesare Viazzi, Roberto Basso (Rama di Palma d'Oro 1985)
The employees of the Autonomous Tourist Board and of the Municipality of Bordighera