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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Relatos Fabulosos #95 - 1967

Comics Weekend I thought dig out the other foreign edition of an Aquaman comic I had on hand; in this case, its Relatos Fabulosos (Fabulous Stories) #95, reprinting the classic "The Trap of the Sinister Sea-Nymphs!" from Aquaman #22, by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy:
...I'm not going to get into the details of the story (suffice it to say, having two Meras is a problem you'd want to have), but rather concentrate on the material that differs from the American original.

All the ads and ancillary material are home-grown, like this gag strip:
...for the life of me, I don't get this joke. Does he think watering himself will make him grow, like it did for the flower? In either case, why does the shower give him a cold? Preguntas, preguntas!

There's also DC-style ads, like this one on the bottom of the page:
Wonder Woman looks like a hectoring school marm here, pointing to the reader to pay attention!

In addition to the ads and humor strips, there's stuff like this:
Wow, comics can help kids get exercise! How cool is this? No fattening candy ads for Relatos Fabulosos!

After the story, there's a couple more pages of house ads, like this one for The Fox and the Crow:
I don't know, I think I like La Zorra y El Cuervo better!

Lastly, there's this really cool-looking ad:

This ad is selling a new Superman comic, but until I had Darlin' Tracy translate it for me, I always thought it was for a puzzle in a can.

Relatos Fabulosos, according to the GCBD, ran 183 issues, with a revolving set of features. All the funky extra content makes me want to pick up more issues, if I ever come across them on eBay...

1 comment:

Diabolu Frank said...

Is it just me, or does Wonder Woman look, um, "ethnically reoriented?"

I think the comic strip is suggesting the balding man showered so much in hopes of regrowing hair, he made himself sick.