Thursday, October 8, 2015

Retro Foreign: Mexican Clásicos del Cine #299

Editorial Novaro was a publisher of comics for Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries until the mid 1980s.  Editorial Navaro was based in Mexico City and they published translations of many U.S. comic books (these translations are now done by Panini Comics for the Mexican market.)  They published a title called Clásicos del Cine or Film Classics which contains adaptations of 1960s and 1970s television shows and movies.  It is in this series that the Marvel Star Wars comic was translated for the Mexican readers.  There are 4 main formats for comics in Mexico: revistas or magazines which are standard-sized comics, avestruz or ostrich which are slightly smaller than standard size comics, aguila or eagle which are medium or digest-sized comics, and colibri or hummingbird which are small sized comics.  The Clásicos del Cine issues containing the Star Wars movie adaptation are in the aguila format, measuring 5 1/2" x 7 1/2".

Clásicos del Cine #299a - Editorial Novaro, Mexico (July 16, 1978)
contains Star Wars #1 and 1st half of #2
The movie adaptation was published twice a month in 4 issues, with each issue containing 1 and 1/2 of the U.S. issues.  After the movie adaptation, Star Wars continued in the title with each issue of Clasico del Cine containing 2 U.S. issues and the title became monthly.

The cover for the first issue is the familiar cover for Star Wars #1.  Interestingly, the cover contains both the Spanish and English translation for the movie title.

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