(by Nicolò Rubeis) (ANSA) – MILAN, 15 JUN – A brilliant thief, an unpredictable and timeless killer, created by two Milanese women. And it is precisely to the sisters Angela and Luciana Giussani, creators of Diabolik, that the Municipality of Milan, on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Angela’s birth and the sixtieth anniversary of the release of the comic, wanted to name the gardens of Piazza Grandi.

A ceremony that saw as protagonists the city councilor for culture, Tommaso Sacchi, the general manager of the Astorina Mario Gomboli publishing house who since 1962 has published the stories of the most fascinating criminal in Italy and Claudia Sozzani, heir to the Giussani sisters. With them were also the municipal councilor Pd Diana De Marchi, the delegate of Palazzo Marino for Equal Opportunities Elena Lattuada and the president of Municipality 4 Stefano Bianco.

“A reality of great success and fame”, commented Sacchi who then praised the work of the Giussani sisters “who have never succumbed to the lure of the great publishing groups that looked to Diabolik”. Which now lives again in cinemas after the film released last year by the Manetti brothers – the sequel is expected – with Luca Marinelli in the role of the king of terror, Miriam Leone in the role of his beloved Eva Kant and Valerio Mastrandrea, interpreter of the inspector Ginko, always on the trail of Diabolik without ever really being able to arrest him.

“I was reading Diabolik – said Sacchi – I bought several, and I also saw the film that I liked very much”.

A work also appreciated by Sozzani, heir of the two sisters: “Angela and Luciana I don’t know if they would be here today – he observed – they didn’t love the spotlight or popularity too much”.

An anti-hero, Diabolik, a cynical and ruthless thief, who in any case “is requested of us as the testimonial of many campaigns – revealed Gomboli – and also thanks to the film, beyond all expectations, we are gaining new readers”.

A figure “so original as to be timeless – he concluded – it is true that today he uses the laser or the computer but he has always remained faithful to his spirit and elegance transmitted by the Giussani sisters”. (HANDLE).