Cocco Bill - Wild West parody of Benito Jacovitti

Cocco Bill is an absurd and satirical Wild West cartoon by an Italian artist Benito Jacovitti.

Cocco Bill is a cool cowboy with extra fast trigger finger. He prefers to drink chamomile tea instead of whisky, and if there's someone who doesn't like it the geezer won't do the same mistake again. He sleeps (zzzz) with his cigarette-smoking and talking white horse Trottalemme (Finnish: Hölkky, English: Slowtrot). He doesn't like the bad and ugly guys, so they'll soon notice him to be a very trigger-happy person.

Cocco Bill lives in a world of walking talking sausages, bones sticking up from the ground everywhere, slug-kind of a creatures lying around, mad injuns, evil intrigues and, of course, a great variety of villains, scoundrels and dirty tricks.

Like Lucky Luke, Cocco Bill is very determined to catch the bad-guys and other outlaw. There's no way to avoid his bullets, and he doesn't suffer from the restrictions of a six-shooter. (In fact, you may buy a Cocco Bill toy guns: a revolver that's an eight or twelve-shooter, or an eight-shooter toy riffle, made by Italian Edison Giocattoli.)

But unlike Lucky Luke, he doesn't hesitate to use violence against his enemies. Usually villains don't end up in jail, they'll be sent straight to hell. And he doesn't even spare his own horse: Trottalemme gets his ass kicked if he doesn't realize to shut it!
 


Jacovitti created Cocco Bill in 1957. Cocco Bill is over 55 years old - but oh no - no rocking chairs for Cocco! One thing is a bit of a problem though: old Cocco Bill albums are falling into pieces! In Finland the comic books were published in 1975–79. So you'll be lucky to find an album 'cos they're pretty old. This sad situation was changed in the end of 2011. A Finnish comics publisher ZumTeufel made a cultural efford and republished Cocco Bill as a one hard back book: "Cocco Bill part 1 – The Chamomile Cowboy Arrives in Town. It has four stories from the early Cocco years.
 


Jacovitti's pictures are full of... well... violence. But aren't the western movies as well? Jacovitti's father Michele Iacovitti was a railwayman, but he also worked in a local cinema. Little Jac had a very good chance to watch movies, and he liked especially the western movies. There's a lot of action and movement in Jacovitti's drawings. The scene is full of funny details, people doing something strange and the plot has somewhat absurd turns.

Jacovitti also drew several other characters, like Zorry Kid – a parody of Zorro, and Karolin Kananjalka (freely translated Carolus Chichenleg, Gamba di quaglia in Italian). Kananjalka is a pirate with a chichen's leg instead of the traditional wooden leg. Before becoming a pirate he worked in a salami factory and accidently chopped his leg off. "Why did you cut it off? It was such a fine leg!" He visited a cheap vet who gave him a chichen's leg. (His leg was given to the chichen!) Vet says: "You've got a nerve to complain?! Chickenleg is far better than no leg at all!" - Well, I told you Jacovitti's work is very very absurd, didn't I!?

At least in Finland these characters didn't have an album of their own but they appeared as separate series on Cocco Bill albums.

Jacovitti was drawing some "porn strips" as well. In 1977 he did an adaptation of Kamasutra with Marcello Marchesi. Some crazy little gags about butt-nekkid people... But he was given a lot of critisism of what he did. He got the boot from his employer at the time, a catholic children's magazine Il Diario Vitt. Even his wife told him off! Notwithstanding the criticism, he just went on his way. He cooperated with Italian erotic magazine Playmen which published a Kamasutra Special Issue in 1980. He was also drawing some political cartoons. His style was a bit of an anarchistic though which didn't please both the extreme right-wing or the leftists.
 


Kinda funny thing happened when I bought my first Cocco Bill album: I was wandering around a second-hand bookshop in Helsinki. I found one Cocco-album and decided to buy it. I wasn't much determined though, I just thought why not?

Then suddenly a middle-aged woman rushed in and asked the sales clerk a little out of breath: "Could you please help me, I'm a bit in a hurry? I'm running some errands in town and my son asked me if I could find him some Cocco Bill comic books. Do you have any?" "Yes, madam, we do have one here somewhere..." They started looking for it and I had to tell them that it wasn't available anymore... Sorry kid, someone got it first!
 


Here's some dialog from one of the Cocco Bill albums I translated from Finnish:

Characters face to face

Characters by album
Finnish - text only

Finnish Albums

One-liners & Dialog
Finnish / English

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Little Gallery

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The villains shoots the sheriff...

Later the villain gets killed by some furious citizens...


 

Updated 2012/01/11 - Created 1996


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