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HIGHLIGHTS 1950 - 1959

ROBERT E. HOWARD'S QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST



1950:
ALARMA 
Inside this crime magazine appeared for the first time "Yolanda", 
by Adolfo Mariño 

1951:
TESOROS  1 (31 Ago.) 
One of the last comics with several serial stories.

HALCÓN  NEGRO 1 (Jul)
First comic from Editora de Periódicos S.C.L. (La Prensa) in the 
standard format.

CORAZÓN  1
First Comic book from Export Newspaper Service, Inc.

PAQUIN  1 (Dic)
Editorial Sayrols sold the rights to publish the comic Paquín to Editora de 
Periódicos S.C.L, since 1947, but until this date its contents 
changes, suppressing Mexican comics and presenting exclusively foreign
stuff. This fact constitutes, at least symbollicaly, the end of the 
first age of Mexican Comic Books. 

1952:
MUÑEQUITA  1 (Ene)
José G. Cruz gets independent from "Pepín" and becomes the Publisher
of another of the last comics with several continued stories.

PEQUEÑO SHERIFF 1 (Ene)
In a year of tryouts, Editormex issues a series of comics with 
continued adventures of a single character, being the first of all the
italian strip "El Pequeño Sheriff" (little sheriff)(size: 17 x 8.5 cm).

SUCHAI  1 (Feb)
Also from Editormex and with the same format as El Pequeño Sheriff.

REVISTA DE REVISTAS 2197 (20 Abr).
“Una niñez en manos de Dick Tracy”: A childhood in the hands of Dick 
Tracy:  nineteen pages devoted to critizice what the children were 
reading at that time.

ADELITA Y LAS GUERRILLAS 1 (Abr)

LIBRO MENSUAL 1
(Jul)
The appeareance of "Te Quiero", a story by Guillermo de La Parra 
illustrated by Sealtiel Alatriste, originally appeared in episodes
and now reprinted complete in a Graphic Novel format, means the 
beginning of the end of "Chamaco".

COLORIN  1(Jul)

MEXICOLOR  1 (Jul)
Both above are the first mags in comic book format from Publicaciones
Herrerías. 
 
SANTO 1 (Sep)
Super-successful photo-comic presenting el "Enmascarado de Plata" 
acting in all kind of adventures. 
Altough without the original "Santo" who quit in 1974 due to legal 
problems between him and J. G. Cruz, the publisher, the title 
remained up to 1982.

CUENTOS DE ABUELITO 8 (Sep)
In an adaptation of Robert E. Howard's   “Queen of the Black Coast“,
(La reina de la costa negra), Conán el Cimeriano appears for the first
time ever in a comic book. (18 years before “Conan the barbarian” 
from Marvel Comics Group.)

PANTERA ROJA  1 (Oct) 

GUARDIAN INVISIBLE 1 (Oct)
Carlos V. Salazar, Editormex's former director, becomes the founder 
of Editora Continental and issues both titles above, with same format 
used in "Little sheriff".

AVENTURAS 
Antonio Gascón, Editorial Novaro's former director, becomes the founder
Editora Sol, which starts publishing this title, until then published 
independently by Juan Tapia García.    

PAQUITO PRESENTA “LA FAMILIA BURRON” 16001
Editora Panamericana renews "PAQUITO" and issuse in a standard format 
one of the most known Mexican series of all times.

Main characters of the year:
Santo, el Enmascarado de Plata
Conán el Cimeriano
Pantera Roja
Adelita
Guardián invisible

1953:
YOLANDA  1 (Ene)

PICANTE  1 (Ene)
Drawn by Adolfo Mariño, both above are the first sort of adult-comics.

REINA DE LA COSTA NEGRA 1 (Ene)
With a certain success reached by the Conan, Belit and Yanga characters, 
the publisher decides to give not Conan but Belit her own title, which 
would be reissued a couple of times in the next decade.

EL MONJE LOCO 1 (Ene)
From the same publishers of "Reina de la costa negra",  El Monje loco gets 
for the first time his own title.

PAQUITA 1382 (15 Feb)
A new age for this magazine for girls, which starts presenting comic 
strips again. Presenting four stories in episodes, this magazine became 
the last of its kind.

A BATACAZO LIMPIO 1 (Feb)
From Chamaco, this strip gets now its own title.

EL CHARRO NEGRO 1 (May)
From Chamaco, this strip gets now its own title.

ROSITA ALVIREZ Y EL CHARRO MISTERIOSO 1 (Abr)
From Pepin, this strip gets now its own title.

ROLANDO EL RABIOSO 1 (May)
From Chamaco, this strip gets now its own title.

EL MURCIELAGO 1 (May)
Inspired by BATMAN, This Mexican series is produced, created by Antonio 
Cortess and drawn by Ramón Alonso Fernández.

EL VAMPIRO TENEBROSO 1 (May)
From Pepin, this strip gets now its own title.

LOS PARDAILLAN 1 (Jun)
Reprinted from Chamaco.

ARAÑA VERDE 1
An early Spiderman, a sort of detective.

LA MASCARA ROJA 1 (Jul)
Art by Angel Mora, This is the first Mexican-produced comic book published 
by La Prensa.

PIEL CANELA  (Ago)
Chanoc Prototype.

AVENTURAS FANTASTICAS 1 (Ago)

LOS SUPERSABIOS 1 (Oct)
From Chamaco, this strip gets now its own title.

AVENTURAS EN 3-D 1 (Nov)
First 3-D comic book published in México.

Main characters of the year:
Yolanda
Charro Negro (reap.)
Rolando el rabioso (reap.)
Murciélago 
Vampiro tenebroso (reap.)
Máscara Roja
Piel Canela
Dama de la serpiente azul (in Piel Canela)
Araña Verde

1954:
PEPITA EXTRAORDINARIO PRESENTA:
LA VIDA Y LOS AMORES DE JORGE NEGRETE (Feb).
Drawn by María Isabel Camberros, this is the first Mexican-produced
comic published by Editorial Novaro. In this same month appeared "BATMAN 
EL HOMBRE MURCIELAGO" No. 1.

AGUILUCHO 1 (May 9).
First Mexican produced 3-D comic,by Guillermo Cardoso.

DON PROVERBIO 1 (Jun).
From Pepin, this strip gets now (at last) its own title.Art by Antonio Gutiérrez.

WAMA, EL HIJO DE LA LUNA  1 (Jun).
From Chamaco, this strip gets now its own title.

VIDAS EJEMPLARES 1 (May).
Editorial Novaro's first monthly Mexican produced comic book.

PETRONILA  1 (Septiembre).
From both Paquin and the sunday section of the newspaper La Prensa, this strip
gets now its own title.

OCTUBRE
Price of comic books in standard format increases to one peso $1.00

SELECCIONES DEL READER´S DIGEST
Vol. XXVIII,  165 (Ago).
"Historietas 'Educativas' Para Futuros Delincuentes": article 
translated from READER'S DIGEST's "For The Children To Read", which 
was condensed from Dr. Frederic Wertham's book "SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT".

Main characters of the year:
Wama (reap)
Don Proverbio (reap)
Petronila.

1955:
CARCEL DE MUJERES 1 (Mar)

AGUILA ROJA 1 (Mar)
Reprinted from Chamaco.

ENIGMA 1

CURRITO DE ARRABAL 1

GUERRA SANTA DE 1955
Anti-pornographic campaign headed by several Parents, catholic ladies
and teachers associations. Thousands of comics were burned at El Zocalo, 
starting with "Yolanda" and "Picante", by Adolfo Mariño, who was put into
jail during several days, accused of perverting the Mexican childhood.

Main characters of the year:
Aguila Roja.
Enigma.
Currito de Arrabal.

1956:
EL LIBRO UNICO 1 (Ene)
Published by Editorial Argumentos.

LA NOVELA POLICIACA 1
Published by Herrerías.

1957:
CRUZ GITANA 1 (EDAR)

CHAMACO 6729 (Mar)
The last issue with serial stories.

CHAMACO PRESENTA DOS HISTORIAS COMPLETAS 1 (Mar)
Now with full-lenght stories in each issue.

CHAVALILLO 1 (Mar)
Independent Production by Pancho Flores.

TABOR 1 (Jun)
After this character, Western Publishing Company hired Mexican artist 
Sealtiel Alatriste, who did the art of some March of Comics, featuring Tarzan.

CORAZON DEL NORTE 1 (Ago)
New adventures of Alan Baker,  a character originally appeared in Pepin, 
based upon the characters appeared in the movie Heart of the North.

1958:
AYUDEME, DRA. CORAZON 1 (Sep)

BIOGRAFIAS SELECTAS 1 (Nov)
Both above published by EDAR.

HALCON NEGRO 77 (Dic)
One of the most curious cases: La Prensa loses the rights to publish 
Blackhawk after No. 76 and Editorial Novaro continues the publication. 
La Prensa, however, starts publishing, at the same time of Novaro's No 1, 
new adventures of the BH, produced in Mexico and, more successful than the
americans!! A study took place in 1960 shows that while the original 
blackhawk published by Novaro had a circulation of 110,000 issues monthly, 
The mexican adventures had a circulation of 410,000 issues monthly.

1959:
DRAKE 1 (Feb)
Corporación Editorial Mexicana begins publishing new adventures of the character
created two decades ago by Ignacio Sierra.

YAMBA 1 (Jun) (Ed. Sol.)
Tarzan-esque Character by Sealtiel Alatriste, looks like his "Tagor", published
two years earlier.

TAWA 1 (Sep)
Cervantes Bassoco continues at EDAR the  sagas of the Son of the Moon. (Wama) To 
avoid legal problems with former publisher, EDAR suggests Bassoco to change the 
name and appearence of his character.

CHANOC (Oct)
Character created by Dr. Angel Martín de Lucenay. Art by Angel Mora. This is one 
of the most successful Mexican comics of all times. 

Main characters of the year::
Chanoc.
Drake. (reap)
Tawa.
Yamba.

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1940 - 1949

1950 - 1959

1960 - 1969

ARTISTS 1932 - 1969

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