Maurilio (aka Milo) Manara is an Italian comic book creator (writer and artist), best known for his erotic approach to the medium. Some of his notable works include: The Adventures of Giuseppe Bergman, Butterscotch, Click & Indian Summer. Manara's works vary in their explicitness, but the general mood is playful rather than misogynistic. His skill in creating atmosphere, his obvious talent, and his occasional excursions into more "mainstream" stories, have helped to lend him an air of artistic respectability.
Curiously, Manara does not enjoy the popularity in his native Italy that exists in France, where he is considered one of the most important comics creators in the world.