In 1966 he finished his first comic strip for Il Corriere dei Piccoli (“The Children’s Gazette”), written by Carlo Triberti. The character was the Mago Zurlì (“Zurli Wizard”). For the same title Toppi produced numerous war stories .
Subsequently Toppi worked mainly for one-shot titles, with the exception of the eccentric Collezionista (“Collector”) of 1984. He produced adventure/historical titles for CEPIM’s Un uomo un’avventura and, for the French publisher Larrousse, some episodes of Histoire de France en bandes dessinées and La Découverte du Monde.
Later he collaborated with Il Corriere dei Ragazzi (“The Boys’ Gazette”), and the Messaggero dei Ragazzi, the comics title of a popular Rome’s newspaper, with historically set stories.
Toppi’s works appeared on a host of titles in Italy and abroad: an incomplete list could include Linus, Corto Maltese, Sgt. Kirk and Il Giornalino in Italy. His strips were collected in several books. He last worked with the French publisher Mosquito, with which he made 22 books since 1994.
Tales from the Arabian Nights
A set of tales inspired by the Arabian Nights by European comics master Sergio Toppi, exploring a barbaric society where the supernatural is the only remedy to injustice, as Sharaz-de, captive to a cruel and despotic king, must each night spin tales to entertain her master and save her head from the executioner. Featuring tales filled with evil spirits, treasures, risk, and danger, but ever at their center the passions of gods and men.