Treasuries - EBAL, Part 1
This is fun! Treasury Hunter Rogerio Baldino sent
this great article all on the history of EBAL,
the company that published DC Comics for the Brazilian
market, including, of course, some of their beloved
treasury editions. So, take it away, Rogerio!
TREASURY FORMAT IN BRAZIL: EBAL Considered
by many collectors as the best comics publishing company
ever in Brazil, E.B.A.L. (EDITORA BRASIL-AMÉRICA or
something like BRAZIL-AMERICA PUBLISHING CO.) got the
rights to publish the DC Comics magazines in 1947. The
first DC comic book by EBAL was Superman #1 (November1947).
the rise of the Silver Age of comics, EBAL published
several DC titles during the 60's: Superman,
Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern,
Aquaman, The Atom, Justice League of
America and many others. The inside art of those
series was published in black and white.
the early 70's EBAL improved the quality of its comics,
launching a new format: main DC characters like Superman
and Batman would have at least two series: one with
the inside pages in black & white (and paper similar
to the originals from USA) and the other in full color.
best thing about the color series was the paper and
the printing: it had a quality you can find today in
many TPBs like the Marvel's Finest series
(Kree-Skrull War) and the softcover versions of the
Marvel Masterworks series from the early 90's.
regular title like Detective Comics could be
printed in the B&W series while another were printed
in color with this special paper and print. Most of
Neal Adams' and Jim Aparo's runs were introduced to
brazillian readers in that format.
EBAL TREASURYS By the time DC launched its
first treasury edition in the 70's, EBAL already had
a extensive line of DC titles, publishing almost every
DC character in his/her own magazine.
than a year after the first DC's treasury editions came
out to public in USA, EBAL released the Brazillian editions.The
first ones were identic to the original Americans: from
cover-to-cover, including the same kind of paper. They
were: Limited Collectors' Edition C21 (Shazam!),
Famous First Edition C26 (Action Comics
#1), and Famous First Edition C28 (Detective
started to change with the release of the first EBAL
treasury edition with a higher quality paper and print.
It was Limited Collectors' Edition C22 (Tarzan).
And then followed Limited Collectors' Edition
C39, C41, C54, C56, C58, C62, and Superman Vs. Spider-Man.
the paper and the print, the Brazillian editions were
a little bit bigger than the originals and they were
NOT square bound.They usually were published in Brazil
a year after the release of the original in USA. It
is clear that EBAL gave priority to editions with original
stories instead of the ones with reprinted material.
FORMAT At the end of the 70's, after the
release of the Superman the Movie treasury edition
(or Superman o filme) EBAL, wich was suffering
an economic crisis, that started almost 10 years back,
could not offer the same quality treatment of before.
Special Series #27 (Batman Vs. The Hulk)
was released in the magazine format, instead of the
bigger format of the earlier editions. The quality of
the paper, at least, was the same. Earlier editions
of the 70's were launched in that same format: Limited
Collectors' Edition C22 and C29 (both Tarzan).
the rest, those Tarzan editions were square bound.
Since they were launched among the treasuries, it's
hard to explain why they did not have the same size
treatment since they shared the same quality in paper
and print like their bigger brothers.
Special Series #27 was the end of the road for EBAL
and its "Treasury Edition" series. In 1983,
EBAL fell in a final crisis that almost closed its doors.
They lost their rights to publish DC comics titles to
another company called EDITORA ABRIL.
5/16/06: Rudolph was called Renino because
of the Brazilian word for reindeer: Rena. The EBAL edition
of Limited Collectors' Edition #C-24 (see below)
was published in December '74/January '75. Unlike the
other EBAL treasuries, this one is square bound. It
has 76 pages--cover to cover--and all the same extras
of the original DC edition: games, puzzles, the 3D-diorama
and the pin-up calendar. The quality of the paper and
print is the same of the other EBAL treasury editions.
A hidden gem.
Fact!: Rudolph never shared the same popularity
among Brazilian readers that he did in the USA. That's
why the sales of this particular book were not so good,
and today it is so rare.
Nostalgia Superman This treasury is already
listed above, but the cover picture wasn't available
at the time. When it was published in 1975, Ebal named
it Almanaque Nostalgia: A Primiera Aparicao Do Super-Homem
(something like Nostalgia Book: The First Appearance
of Superman). Except for the external front cover,
the rest of the book--including the interior cover reproduction
of Action Comics #1--is very similar to the original
12/3/06: As Origens
Secretas Supervioles Here comes the cover
of the Ebal version of Limited Collectors Edition
C39, As Origens Secretas Dos Superviloes. Like
the other Ebal treasuries, it is very similar to the
original DC book in all the details like the giant two-page
pin-up with our beloved super-villains and the same
3-D cut-out diaroma on the back cover.
of the few treasuries with reprinted material released
by Ebal. The merit goes, most of all, to the fantastic
cover. Thanks, Mr.Giordano!
EBAL, Part 2