An important comic trade fair is held at the end of August (on the last
Sunday and in the two previous days) in Falconara Marittima city
centre. It is organized by Falconara Marittima city Council in
collaboration with Conf-Commercio sponsored by Banca delle Marche.
People from all over Italy come on this occasion to find “period”
comics, the stories of their favourite heroes and collectible editions.
Exhibitors even come from abroad to show their merchandise at this
event that is unique in the Adriatic area.
An anthological show is set up every year. Each year is characterized by
a different theme.
The Comics Trade Fair was first held in 1982. The
occasion was an exposition entirely dedicated to Guido Crepax, famous
author of “Valentina”.
The notoriety of the event increased then each year. Tex
Willer, Donald Duck have been among the comics that can boast a first rate
place in the fair. When the 80th anniversary of Corriere dei Piccoli was celebrated a lot of original tables were
collected for the occasion.
The 1988 edition was dedicated to the 50th anniversary
of Superman and to some of his
illustrious collegues: Batman,
Wonder Woman, Flash
The centenary of the comics (1996) was celebrated in
Falconara brilliantly. A huge exhibition hosted a chronological story
of the most important stages of the diffusion of comics.
A lot of American newspapers articles were collected and original
tables gathered. The most spectacular section was the one dedicated to
the “golden age” comics (1930).
That was the period in which adventure comics where first written.
Black and white daily strips and colour Sunday editions representing Gordon, Mandrake, Terry and the pirates, Steve Canyon, Tarzan, The man
in disguise where on show.
The 2005 edition was
characterized by a full commitment to the theme: “Mud, sweat and gunpowder”, It was all about Far West and cowboy
stories. One of the main character was Magic