Marcello Toninelli, born in Siena in 1950, made his debut in the world of comics at the age of 19 by publishing in the magazine Off Side an unripe personal version of Dante.
He has collaborated with various newspapers such as Mickey Mouse, Lanciostory, Skorpio, Zagor, Il Piccolo Ranger, Dylan Dog just to name a few.
In 1990 he began a fruitful collaboration with Il Giornalino della San Paolo Periodici first with the fantastic series Agenzia Scacciamostri and then specializing in humorous striped parodies of the classics of literature re-proposing with great success his Inferno dantesco (adapted, however, to the target of the Catholic periodical) which will be followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso , followed by other comic parodies of literary works (the Homeric works Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid and Jerusalem liberated).
With Shockdom, on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth, has re-proposed in a single volume, in paper and ebook, the Divine Comedy and the life of Dante in comics in an updated version with new stripes and the colors of his son Jacopo, while for the seven hundredth anniversary of 2021 he has published a large-format hardcover Somma Edition that combines Dante with comics and original poem by Alighieri. Finally, it is his unpublished work Dante 2.0, return to Hell composed of twenty songs in triplets of endecasillabi accompanied by its version with humorous strips – He also proposed Renzo & Lucia, the Betrothed in comics, and the two Homeric works collected in a single volume, with the addition of Batracomiomachia.
Personal exhibitions have been dedicated to Marcello at many conventions in the sector (Expocartoon, Riminicomix, Umbria Fumetto, Mostra del Fumetto di Falconara Marittima, Salento Fumetto, Fullcomics Pavia e Sarzana, Nuvole in Toscana, Albissola Comics, Nuvole a Montereggio and Fumetti d’Alta Quota by Andreis).