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¡Qué Extraño! 20 Odd and Maravilloso Mexican Comic Books

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SERPICO #1 AL PACINO COVER TONY MUSANTE TV TOMA ARGENTINA SPANISH COMIC 1976

Bullies could beat up the fat American kids reading Batman and Superman.  But, you didn’t want to mess with the Mexican kids reading the Serpico comics.

 

EXTRAÑOS CAPITULOS DE LA HISTORIA #20 CADIYA MAHOMA JADIYA MEXICAN COMIC 1967

¡Dios Mío!  The religious comics I had growing up were never so sexy.  I’ve seen many a retelling of the Adam and Eve story in children’s  illustrated Bibles, books, and comics and never run across so much Eve boob.

 

007 JAMES BOND #18 SEAN CONNERY IAN FLEMING CHILE COMIC SPANISH ZIG ZAG 1969

This isn’t the Sean Connery I know.  He looks like a sickly game-show host. (And a dapper suit might have been a better choice of attire than this odd striped getup.)

CHIQUILLADAS #246 SMOKEY BEAR MEXICAN COMIC SPANISH NOVARO 1969

Oh, hell yes.  Smokey the Bear embroiled in a violent battle to the death!  I don’t recall my Smokey the Bear being quite so badass.

 

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Kung-Fu chicks in nighties – Kaliman’s nemeses clearly were better than any American superhero’s.

 

FANTOMAS #126 MEXICAN MEX SPANISH COMIC NOVARO 1973

A creepy masked dude, the Zodiac, giant Hitler, a magician, a hot chick spilling wine…. Mexican comics did not play around.

 

GUNGA DIN #1 STAR TREK VIAJE A LAS ESTRELLAS ARGENTINA SPANISH COMIC 1979

“Tho’ I’ve belted you and flayed you,
By the livin’ Gawd that made you,
You’re a better man than I am, Mister Spock!”

 

JERRY LEWIS ADVENTURES ROMANCES JUVENILES #30 MEXICAN COMIC SPANISH NOVARO 1965

This poor woman is clearly going to die a horrible death in the next few seconds.  Whether it’s by blazing inferno or Jerry Lewis’ ax, it’s going to be ugly.

 

LA CHICA DE KUNG FU #59 GIRL MEXICAN SPANISH MEX COMIC MACC DIVISION 1975

Oh, dear God, what am I looking at?

 

MUJERES CELEBRES 109 MEDIUM SOFIA CENNO SOPHIA MEXICAN COMIC SPANISH NOVARO 1970

Back when I smoked, I used to be able to blow smoke rings and was pretty impressed with myself….but this girl has taken that skill to whole new level.

 

LA PANTERA NEGRA #42 THE BLACK PANTHER MEXICAN COMIC MACC DIVISION 1975

I think it’s important to point out that some of these covers may be identical/similar to their US editions.  I don’t know if the covers were completely redone for Mexican versions.  That being said, I certainly don’t remember such an emphasis on boobs in any of my Black Panther comics.

And I certainly don’t remember an issue of Superman with his head being punched off!…

SUPERMAN #609 MEXICAN MEX COMIC NOVARO SPANISH 1967

Gross!

SUPERCOMIC #68 SUPERMAN KIRBY JIMMY 141 DON RICKLES MEXICAN COMIC NOVARO 1973

I looked this one up.  There was a Jimmy Olsen comic featuring Superman and The Guardian bearing the likeness of Don Rickles on the cover.  Truly an abomination in any language.

 

LA MUJER NUCLEAR 1 BIONICA THE BIONIC WOMAN TV LINDSAY WAGNER SPANISH COMIC 1977

The Bionic Woman isn’t looking so good.  A bit like the sickly Sean Connery from earlier – something isn’t quite right.

 

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You can keep your Green Lantern and Silver Surfer; I’ll be reading my Gold Rapist comics.

Also, a quick disclaimer that some of these may not be Mexican – some of these comics may originate from Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, etc.  I apologize for the lazy generalization in the title.  On with the comics…

 

LEGION OF SUPERHEROES MEXICAN MINI COMIC NOVARO 1980

Again, it looks like things got “sexed up” for the Mexican versions.  Correct me if I’m wrong.

 

 

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At some point the decision clearly was made to not make the vampire the focal point of this cover.

 

MOBY DICK #24 MEXICAN MEX COMIC SPANISH 1966

Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve read the Melville novel, but this cover doesn’t seem to fit the story.

 

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The guy must be crying because the girl is, sadly enough, wearing undies.

 

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Truly fine examples of the Strategically Covered Nudity Trope.  For more see our Vintage Scenery Censors article.

Also, for even more Spanish comic funny business, see The Insane World of Spanish Crime Comics of the 1960s-70s.  Cheers!

  • Leslie

    Cannot speak to the sexed-up nature of any of the other covers but the “Super Comic” cover featuring the Legion is a direct copy of the original Dick Giordano cover from “Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes” 257, nothing changed that I can see (costume or figure wise at least).

    That Shang-Chi MOKF cover though … what the hell, man?