PIER CLORURO DE LAMBICCHI
Original title: Pier Chloride of Lambicques
Characters: Pier Cloruro de Lambicchi
Author: John Manca
Publishers: Courier for children
Year: June 8, 1930
Gender: Humorous cartoon
Recommended age: Children from 6 to 12 years old
Pier Cloruro de Lambicchi is one of the historical characters of Italian comics, born on 8 June 1930 from the fervent imagination of the Sardinian designer Giovanni Manca, within the pages of the Corriere dei Piccoli and published until the 40s. The tables also made a brief appearance in 1967 in "Il Giorno dei Ragazzi", a supplement of the daily "Il Giorno".
As for other characters of that era, Pier Cloruro de Lambicchi's tables do not use the classic balloons, but captions under the illustration, with rhyming phrases that describe the scene. Unlike Signor Bonaventura or Sor Pampurio, they do not present the same ritual sentence that opens the story, even if the narrative scheme is very similar.
Pier Cloruro de Lambicchi is a brilliant and unfortunate chemist, inventor of many extraordinary scientific discoveries, but he is ignored by the luminaries of science. Characterized by an unmistakable shaved head, a pair of glasses over a long nose and a black coat, Pier Cloruro de Lambicchi arrives almost by chance, to a prodigious chemical discovery: the archpaint. It is a transparent varnish, which when spread on any image (painting, illustration or photo), gives life to the characters of the figures. So Pier Cloruro experiments with his invention, on paintings depicting well-known characters from history, which come out of the picture and mix with the people of the time (we are in the 1930s), resulting ridiculous and inadequate enough to combine a sea of troubles, the inventor of the paint will have to pay on time. However, our persevering chemist does not give up and in the week following its publication, we find him armed with renewed enthusiasm to try his hand at a new experiment.
The first experiment of the archpainting was to revive the ancient painting of a marquis of the '700, who, decorated with a wig and a tricorn, is mocked by the kids who mistake him for a carnival mask. Stopped by the policeman for disturbing public peace, the marquis gets angry and armed with his noble stick, he hits the man. The Marquis is thus arrested and the same end will be made by poor Pier Cloruro de Lambicchi, guilty of having opposed the capture of the historic character.
In another episode, the chemist decides to give life to a beautiful medieval lady, who comes out of the picture with the very long train of her dress. This causes considerable problems on the city traffic roads, causing people to trip and causing numerous accidents, among the cars of the time. A refined woman approaches the lady and advises her to enter a fashionable tailor's shop. The noble lady is enthusiastic about those dresses and spares no expense to make up her wardrobe. Pier Cloruro de Lambicchi has no choice but to pay the bill for that crazy expense.
Another funny episode is the one concerning the figure of William Tell, whom Pier Cloruro decides to animate with his archpaint. The well-known crossbowman in search of targets for his exercise, ends up in a fair and does not hesitate to hit the balloons of a street vendor. The biggest trouble he will combine inside a circus, when he pierces the colored balloons that made the trained seals rotate on their snouts. The furious trainer will run after William Tell, who will take refuge in his painting, but the poor Chloride will see his laboratory destroyed by the circus performer and his seals.
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