He is best remembered as the co-creator of Tex Willer, together with artist Aurelio Galleppini [1917-1994]. His son Sergio Bonelli [1932-2011] was also a comic book writer, as well as the publisher of Tex Willer series until his own death in 2011.
Bonelli made his debut in publishing at the end of the 1920s, writing poems and stories for the
"Corriere dei Piccoli" and articles for the "Illustrated Journal of Travel" published some adventure novels for Sonzogno.
Over the next decade, Gianluigi assumed the leadership of various publications of the publishing of Old Milan ("L'Audace", "Jumbo", "Primarosa", "Rin-Tin-Tin"). During this time he wrote his first screenplay, intended to be illustrated by the designers by Walter Molino and Rino Albertarelli.
In 1939 he became editor of "L'Audace" by Mondadori. After World War II, together with De Leo, he wrote for "Il Cow-boy", but then choose to start his own business firm Sergio Bonelli Editore SpA in 1940, creating many memorable characters.
Above all stands Tex Willer, created in 1948 in tandem with the designer Aurelio Galleppini
(which , over time, will gradually change to Ferdinando Fusco and Guglielmo Letteri, Vincenzo Monti and John Ticci, Fabio Civitelli and Claudio Villa, to name only a few) which he intended for a lasting success, that still shows no signs of abating. While devoting most of his time to the aforementioned hero, Bonelli returned to the beloved West with remarkable stories and series such as "Yuma Kid", "The Three Bills", "El Kid ", "Davy Crockett", "Hondo" and "Cochise".
He appeared in one Euro-western: “Tex and the Lord of the Deep” (1985) playing the medicine man.
Gianluigi Bonelli died in Alexandria, Piedmont, Italy on January 12, 2001.
Today we remember Gianluigi Bonelli on what would have been his 105th birthday.