La oscuridad y el mal

Iconografías de la negatividad en Diabolik


  • Ivan Pintor Iranzo

Parole chiave:

fumetti, Diabolik, iconografia


This article constitutes an iconographic approximation to the gestures of the main character of Diabolik, understood as the embodiment of new aesthetics based on the idea of negativity in Italian comics. On the one hand, the protagonist appears as a synthesis of a tradition of avengers and sophisticated criminals rooted in feuilleton literature and movie serials, with Fantômas and Irma Vep, the protagonist of Les Vampires. On the other hand, Diabolik entails the creation of a new and well-differentiated figure concerning the masked avengers from the first decades of the 20th century, such as The Phantom. Based on an iconological methodology (Aby Warburg, Georges Didi-Huberman), and figural study of visual motifs (Nicole Brenez), we approach the visual iconography of Diabolik’s dark silhouette to reveal his singularity within the historical inscription of Giussani’s sister's criminal comic book series. Diabolik is ultimately revealed as a counterfigure to the Italian economic miracle, an antecedent of a contemporary vision of surveillance and attention economy capitalism, and a visual embodiment of negativity or apophatic aesthetics.




Come citare

Iranzo, I. P. (2023). La oscuridad y el mal: Iconografías de la negatividad en Diabolik. Mediascapes Journal, 21(1), 60–67. Recuperato da