AN ITALIAN IN THE PANTHEON OF ILLUSTRATORS
Simone Bianchi is the only Italian amongst the giants of comic-book art to be invited to paint cards for the Marvel Masterpiece collection.
The first set was released in 1992, entirely composed of paintings by Joe Jusko, who was also the last illustrator to dedicate themselves to Marvel Masterpieces before Simone in 2016.
A succession of great names followed, including Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, Dave Devries, Dimitrios Patelis, Peter Scanlan and Nelson, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, and finally David Palumbo.
Simone Bianchi has stated that Upper Deck's invitation was a great honour for him, but it is not by chance that his name has ended up in the Pantheon of the best-loved illustrators.