Italian artist Hugo Pratt, the creator of Corto Maltese, was one of them, and followed his father to Africa, as a very young member of the colonial police.
The link between the Italian Right and the ink heroes like Corto Maltese and Tex Willer (the most widely read comics in the world), created by Italian artists, is explored very well by a book by Roberto Alfatti Appetiti, All’armi siam fumetti (To arms! We’re comics!), edited by Italian writer Miro Renzaglia and published by I Libri de "Il Fondo." The book is a collection of articles and interviews published by Alfatti Appetiti between 2006 and 2010. As far as I know, this aspect of the Italian graphic novels production was never dealt with before, by a non-Italian author. I hope you'll find the article as interesting as I did.
I'd like to thank J.J.P. for reviewing the English text. Your comments will be very appreciated.
At the young age of eighteen, Hugo Pratt was among the founders of the Asso di Picche (the Ace of Spades). At the age of twenty-two he was in Argentina, where he would remain for thirteen years, cooperating with - among others - Hector G. Oesterheld, the future writer of the science fiction work, El Eternauta.