Treasuries - EBAL, Part 2
was not the only publishing company that released treasury
editions in Brazil. Here are the others:
Bloch Editores(or just Bloch) purchased the rights to
publish the Marvel comics in Brazil during the mid70's.
After the good sales of the first EBAL treasury editions,
Bloch tried to get some money over it and released two
oversized comic books "based" on the Marvel
treasury edition series.One
was "dedicated" to Spider-Man and the other
to Captain America.
unlike the EBAL / DC editions, they didnšt have anything
in common with the original Marvel Treasury series.
They were so poor in their lack of quality they donšt
deserve any further commentary.
1978, just before losing the rights of Marvel, Bloch
published the comic book adaptation of Star Wars
in one single magazine-sized edition, picking up the
three issues of Marvel Special Edition: Star Wars
and using the cover of #1. This magazine is a classic
case of how Bloch was careless about comics and the
people who read them. The coloring inside is weird:
Darth Vader wears pink and yellow (a groovy side
of the force??) and the storm troopers are in purple!
Thanks to that mistake and many others, Bloch is, by
far, the worst company that ever published Marvel
Comics in Brazil.
Rio Grafica Editora or just RGE (today known as Editora
Globo) launched in 1975 a series of 6 oversized collections
of Golden Age classic strips like The Phantom,
Prince Valiant, Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon,
The Spirit, Mandrake, and Terry and
the Pirates, among others.
was called Almanaque Do Gibi Nostalgia. Released
between 1975 and 1977, those editions were similar in
format (square bound, print and paper) to the American
treasury books and they were even bigger than
the EBAL editions (they had another difference: the
inside pages were all in black and white). RGE also
published special editions like the 40th anniversary
book of The Phantom in the same format. Yes,
hešs wearing red, but that's another story.
Editora Abril owned the rights to publish almost every
title of DC and Marvel in Brazil since the early 80's
and remained as that until some years ago, when they
lost those rights to Panini Cmics and other companies.
that, Abril was responsible for the launch of Superman/Fantastic
Four (magazine size) and the first four Alex Ross
and Paul Dini treasury editions (from Superman: Peace
on Earth to Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth).
The Abril editions of Ross' books are very similar to
the originals, except for the language (Portuguese,
by the way).
added courtesy Rogerio Baldino are the covers
to the Abril editions of Superman: Peace on Earth
and Shazam!: Power of Hope!)
Panini Comics is the current owner of the most part
of the rights to publish DC and Marvel today in Brazil
and they gave the same treatment of Abril to the latest
treasury editions of Alex Ross books (JLA: Secret
Origins and JLA: Liberty & Justice).
JLA: Heaven's Ladder was released in magazine
Fact! Bloch was not the only company to make
some incredible editorial mistakes. In the mid 80's,
Abril decided to re-launch Superman Vs. Spider-Man.
They did it in a small format book, similar in
size to today's Dark Horse line of TPBs. As if that
wasn't enough, they also cut-out (!) some of
the original pages and replaced them with ad pages.
Not to mention Marvel Treasury#13. And they did
it again in 1993 with Batman Vs. The Hulk!
RGE did the same thing with Marvel Treasury#28!
our dear old Col. Kurtz would say: The horror...the
Brazil, we will continue our "travel" around
the globe, searching for foreign editions of DC and
Phantom: Always on Sundays
Brazilian publishing company called Opera Graphica jave
just released a tabloid-sized hardcover featuring the
first stories of The Phantom by Lee Falk and
Ray Moore on Sunday pages--from May 1939 to October
beautiful giant edition called Fantasma: Sempre Aos
Domingos (or The
Phantom: Always on Sundays)
was entirely remastered from the original pages. It
features some of the best stories from the Golden Age,
including The Return of the Skie's Pirates and has a
gorgeous painted cover! Great art by Moore, one of the
best comic book artists of all time! Hardcover, 96 pages,
black and white.
only problem for U.S. readers--it's in Portugese...