Niso Ramponi, “Kremos”, king of the little ladies at “Travaso”

Roman illustrator Niso Ramponi, also known as “Kremos” (1924-2002), started collaborating with “Il Travaso” in 1948.

At the time, Ramponi was already well known as an animator: he had been working for Incom, the “Industria CortiMetraggi”, and for Nettunia Film, for which he was supposed to make a cartoon based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay, which unfortunately was never completed.

“Il Travaso” was a very popular, humorous weekly founded in 1900 under the title “Travaso delle idee”, shut down by the American Allies in Rome in June 1944 , and then relaunched in 1946. It was a hotbed of Italian cartoonists and humorists, from Attalo to Jacovitti, from Umberto Onorato to Alberto Fremura, from Furio Scarpelli to Giammusso.

Kremos was nicknamed “Sovrano di donnine” (“King of the little ladies”) by his colleagues at “Travaso”, for the very curvaceous and provocative women he drew for the covers. He was also known for the long time he took before handing in his work.

You can never rush women, can you?

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