Libico Maraja (1912-1983)
was one of Italy's top post-War illustrators.
Born in Bellinzona, Svizzera, Maraja studied in
Lugano and began his career working for the Ala studios.
In 1940, he moved to Berlin, where he cooperated with
IMA Film, among others of the animated film 'La Rosa di Bagdad'.
After the war, he became wellknown for his book illustrations
for 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', 'Pinocchio',
'Peter Pan', and many other classics.
Between 1946 and 1949, he had a brief appearance
in comics, when he made stories like 'La Quercia Maledetta'
('Dottor Faust') and 'Un mondo in un albero' with
Federico Pedrocchi for Topolino (Mondadori).