Milo Manara’s “Gullivera”

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A reader recommended this to me. I want to thank him for the recommendation (spoiler alert: I enjoyed this illustrated story) and encourage others to send me their suggestions.

Italian artist and writer Milo Manara created many erotic comics which feature beautiful women in extraordinary situations. This hasn’t been without controversy. For example, “Click!” told the tale of a beautiful but passionless woman who has a device surgically implanted. A remote control is able to activate the device and create intense arousal within her. The control is subsequently stolen and used by an unscrupulous pervert. This leads to repulsive images such as one in which the woman has sex with a dog and a few pages were removed in later editions. He addressed this controversy in a foreword to Click, shown below.

forewordPerhaps unexpectedly, he did some mainstream work. For example, Milo did the art for a chapter of Vertigo’s “The Sandman: Endless Nights” in 2003. Additionally, he drew and inked Marvel’s 2009 publication “X-Men: Ragazze in fuga,” released in English as “X-Women” in 2010.

X-Women

This mainstream work generated discussions about sexuality in comics when Milo provided a variant cover for 2014’s Spider-Woman #1.

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Many comic book fans objected to this provocative art, faulting its depiction of the heroine as too overtly sexual.

“Gullivera” was released under the original title “I viaggi di Gulliver, o Gulliveriana” (The trips of Gulliver or Gulliveriana) in 1995. As you might guess, it’s based on Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” which was first published in 1726. This hews closely to the original and includes travel to Lilliput (the land of tiny people), Brobdingnag (the land of giants), the Land of the Houyhnhnms (talking horses), and the flying island of Laputa. (Not every race encountered during Gulliver’s journey was depicted in Gullivera, the immortal Struldbrugs and the savage Yahoos were not present for example, but neither were they missed.)

Our narrative begins with our protagonist (who is never actually called or self-identified as Gullivera) spending a lazy day on the beach. She eventually boards an abandoned boat and finds a tricorne hat and a tattered Union Jack.

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She notices and reads an old copy of “Gulliver’s Travels” below deck and then is caught in a storm. Thus, the adventure begins and our titular character arrives in a land of tiny people.

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“Ah! Why do I have nostrils, but no nose? How is this possible!?”
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I love the art, but Milo doesn’t draw the nasal bridge when depicting his characters in frontal perspective. Their noses resemble Lord Voldemort’s, pictured below, when viewed from this angle.

Lord Voldemort

There’s a fun bit in which the Lilliputian Army marches under the giant woman’s legs under threat of having their eyes plucked out if they dare glimpse up at her exposed womanhood.

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Smooth talker 😉

However, the towering young lady eventually flees the diminutive kingdom after urinating to extinguish a fire and subsequently disrespecting the Queen, a scene surprisingly taken from the original.

In Gulliver’s Travels, the offense was described like this: “… the great aggravation of your crimes; that you, who were able to extinguish the fire by discharge of urine in her majesty’s apartment (which he mentioned with horror), might, at another time, raise an inundation by the same means, to drown the whole palace …”

Our next stop is among the land of the giants where she has a confrontation with the local wildlife and a little fun with one of the other inhabitants.

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The following waypoint is in the Land of the Houyhnhnms.

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The verbose stallions were given the least amount of pages. That was fine with me.

There are many scenes of full frontal female nudity and a few of people getting rather intimate, but no intercourse. A little BDSM was featured on the floating city, as the women there amused themselves in the absence of romantic attentions from their perpetually star-gazing men.

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Did I mention that Milo illustrated “The Art of Spanking” in 1989?

All in all, I heartily endorse Gullivera. Alas, it does not include any transformations, no bursting of clothes. Nonetheless, it does encompass enough scenarios involving fantastic size disparities to please most any macrophile. Of course, the copious depictions of attractive women in titillating circumstances was also a plus. 🙂

You can purchase Gullivera from many resellers, to include Amazon and even Walmart.com! (Perhaps it should not astound me that Walmart would sell this adult-oriented material, but I hardly associate the retail juggernaut with erotica!) Furthermore, you can check out Milo Manara’s web site here: https://www.milomanara.it/?lang=en

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