Enrico Marini, an Italian national, was born on August 13th, 1969, in Switzerland, where he studied illustration at the Basel Academy of Fine Arts. His style is influenced by American comics, Italian fumetti, French bande dessinée and Japanese manga, and he is an admirer of authors such as Milton Caniff, Alex Toth, John Romita Sr., Mike Mignola, Hermann, Jordi Bernet, Hergé, Giraud and Otomo. His career was launched at the 1987 Festival de la Bande Dessinée in Sierre, where he would compete with the most promising emerging talents. His own talent was recognized immediately, and he was entrusted with his first series, “Olivier Varèse,” based on a script by Thierry Smolderen, produced by Alpen Publishing. In 1992, Marini and Smolderen tried their hand at something totally different with “Gipsy” (“Gypsy”), a flesh-and-blood sci-fi adventure with a real badass hero. Marini would then enter the realm of vampires with “Rapaces” (2015 Europe Comics, “Raptors”), this time alongside Jean Dufaux. With Stephen Desberg, he fulfilled his childhood dream of creating a western-style comic, “L’Étoile du désert” (2016 Europe Comics, “Desert Star”). Together they co-wrote “Le Scorpion” (“The Scorpion,” Cinebook), a massive swashbuckling adventure series. More recently, since 2007, Marini, now a full-fledged writer, has been bringing ancient civilizations back to life with the epic saga of “Les Aigles de Rome” (2015 Europe Comics, “The Eagles of Rome”). “Batman: The Dark Prince Charming” (published by DC) is his latest and most ambitious project. He is known to be one of the rare comic artists who inks and paints his original art by hand directly on the page.