As we said everything started with Il Corriere dei piccoli, at the beginning of the XX century
Probably the most famous character is Il Signor Buonaventura (Mister Buonaventura’), created in 1917 by Sto, aka Sergio Tofano, actor, director, playwright.
Dialogues in Il Signor Buonaventura comic strips were couplet of ottonari in rhyme:
“Qui comincia la sventura
del Signor Buonaventura”
Tofano also performed Bonaventura…
(See also “I miss fumetti – 1” https://misshome.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/135-i-miss-fumetti-1/ )