Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Retro Foreign: Spanish Comics Bruguera #1 - 6 (Editorial Bruguera)

Editorial Bruguera is the first publisher to bring Star Wars comics to Spain.  In November 1977 they started a title called Comics Bruguera which ran for 38 issues translating 4 Marvel titles including: Star Wars, The Human Fly, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Ka-Zar.  The first 15 issues of Star Wars are included in this collection as a series within a series with it own numbering in Comics Bruguera #1 - 8, 17, 23, 25, 31, 32, 37 and 38.  The title used for the series is the Spanish translation of Star Wars, la Guerra de las Galaxias.

The Bruguera Star Wars comics are distinctively identified by a blue stripe down the left hand side.  The cover art is the same as the U.S. editions.  The back cover for Comics Bruguera #1 contains the art from the Star Wars style C one-sheet poster and the other back covers contains a Ralph McQuarrie pre-production painting.

Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #1) #1a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(November 28, 1977)
contains Star Wars #1
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #1) #1a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(November 28, 1977)
back cover
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #2) #2a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(December 5, 1977)
contains Star Wars #2
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #2) #2a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(December 5, 1977)
back cover
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #3) #3a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(December 12, 1977)
contains Star Wars #3
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #3) #3a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(December 12, 1977)
back cover
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #4) #4a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(December 19, 1977)
contains Star Wars #4
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #4) #4a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(December 19, 1977)
back cover
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #5) #5a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(December 26, 1977)
contains Star Wars #5
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #5) #5a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(December 26, 1977)
back cover
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #6) #6a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain
(January 2, 1978)
contains Star Wars #6
Comics Bruguera (la Guerra de las Galaxias #6) #6a - Editorial Bruguera, Spain (January 2, 1978)
back cover
Editorial Bruguera would publish Star Wars comics until 1980 when Ediciones Vértice would acquire the rights.  In addition to publishing 15 issues in Comics Bruguera, they published 5 collections including the Star Wars movie adaptation published in 2 treasury-sized issues in 1977 and 1978 using the covers from the Marvel Special Edition Featuring Star Wars #1 and 2, 2 magazine-sized issues compiling Star Wars #18 - 23 in 1979, and a slightly larger than standard-sized movie adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.  The two issue compilation of Star Wars #18 - 23 is titled El Imperio Contraataca or The Empire Strikes Back part 1 and part 2.  This was not done by accident, as Editorial Bruguera capitalized on the title for Star Wars #18, The Empire Strikes, hoping readers would pick up these issues expecting an adaptation of the movie that was not even released yet!

Like most Western European Star Wars comics, these issues are not particularly hard to find although finding them in high grade can be a challenge.

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