Pencils on paper 42×33 cm
Druuna is an erotic science fiction and fantasy comic book character created by Italian cartoonist Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri. Most of Druuna’s adventures revolve around a post-apocalyptic future, and the plot is often a vehicle for varied scenes of hardcore pornography and softcore sexual imagery. Druuna is frequently depicted as sparsely clothed or nude, and Serpieri’s high quality renditions of her are often reproduced as poster prints. Druuna starred in eight volumes of the Morbus Gravis (Severe Disease) series between 1985 and 2003. These stories were featured prominently in Métal hurlant and Heavy Metal magazines. Druuna has also been featured in Serpieri’s numerous and popular sketchbooks, which have sold more than a million copies in twelve languages. Serpieri himself appears in many of the stories as the character Doc.
Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri (born February 29, 1944) is an Italian comic book writer and illustrator, noted for his works of highly detailed renderings of the human form, particularly erotic images of women. He is best known for his work on the Druuna erotic science fiction series. Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri was born in Venice. He moved to Rome in his youth. He studied architecture and painting at Rome’s Fine Arts Academy in Rome under Renato Guttuso, and began his career as a painter in 1966, but in 1975 he shifted his focus to comics. He produced work for the Italian comics magazine Lanciostory. A big fan of the American Old West, Serpieri co-created L’Histoire du Far-West (The Story of the West), a Western series about the history of the Old West, with writer Raffaele Ambrosio, which was published in the magazines Lanciostory and Skorpio. Some of the titles were L’Indiana Bianca (The White Indian) and L’Uomo di Medicina (Medicine Man). Beginning in 1980 Serpieri worked on collections like Découvrir la Bible, as well as short stories for magazines such as L’Eternauta, Il Fumetto and Orient Express.