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Published April 25, 2023 Updated April 25, 2023

Diabolik Poker

Characters from the Italian comic series Diabolik, with designs by Paolo and Sergio Zaniboni.

1996 Italy Lo Scarabeo Paolo and Sergio Zaniboni Comic Books Superheroes Add to Collection

Diabolik was created in 1962 by sisters Angela and Luciana Giussani. It subsequently became one of the most popular series in the history of Italian comics, consisting of more than 900 volumes. Diabolik, the main protagonist, is an anti-heroic thief who, over time, came to focus on robbing and killing other criminals. The comics have been translated into many languages including Serbian, Croatian and Tamil. From 1969 until 2015, Sergio Zaniboni undertook most of the artwork aided by his son, Paolo. They are credited with the designs for this pack. In 1993, a set of major arcana called “Diabolik – I Tarocchi Neri” was also produced. See the box

Diabolik Poker published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1996 Diabolik Poker published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1996 Diabolik Poker published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1996

Above: Diabolik Poker published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1996. Made in Italy. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 title card in tuck box. Size: 61 x 88 mm.

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