Treasuries - Italy
continue our "journey" around the globe searching
for foreign editions of DC and Marvel treasuries!
is one of the foreign countries that published the most
DC and Marvel "big books" in the 70s. They
were called Albo in Formato Gigante. Actually,
italy is one of the few nations that released an "original"
Marvel treasury outside the USA, as we are going to
Corno Editoriale Corno
was the first publishing company to edit American treasury
editions in Italy. Corno only released two books between
1976 and 1977.
1976, they published Superman & L'uomo Ragno--the
first meeting of Superman and Spider-Man. In 1977, they
secured their name in the history of foreign treasuries
by releasing the only--as far as I know--foreign edition
of Marvel's 2001: A Space Odyssey by Jack "King"
Kirby. It was called 2001: Odissea Nello Spazio.
The cover says it all--"The Capolavoro Di Jack
Kirby", or "Jack Kirby's Masterpiece!"
was the Italian publisher that released the most DC
treasuries during the 70s and early 80s. After the success
of Corno's books, Cenisio started to launch an extensive
line of DC treasuries.
started in 1978, with the Italian version of Superman
vs. Muhammad Ali, called Superman Contro Cassius
Clay. Following that, they published Superman
Contro Flash, Superman Contro Wonder Woman,
Superman Contro Shazam!, Superman Il Film,
and Superboy E la Legione Dei Supereroi: Il Massacro
Del Millenio (all 1979). And then in 1981, Superman
& L'uomo Ragno: Holocausto Di Eroi, Batman
Contro L'Incredible Hulk, and Superman: La Fortezza
('82) Cenisio Cenisio
also released a couple of "collections" with
the treasuries that never had big sales and were returned
to the publisher: Natale Con I Supereroi
was simply a collection of Superman Contro Shazam!
and Superboy E la Legione Dei Supereroi and it
used the cover of Limited
C34 Christmas with the Superheroes (???--rob).
Superlibro Di Superman collected Superman Contro
Wonder Woman, Superman Contro Cassius Clay, and
Superboy E la Legione Dei Supereroi (again!!).
collections didn't have a large print run, since they
were simply were put together by the remaining portions
of the original editions. Today they are considered
scarce among Italian collectors.
Italia Marvel Italia
was a ramification of the US comic book publisher in
Italy that re-launched some of the classic crossovers
between Marvel and DC in a smaller format in 1995. Like
in other foreign countries, this strategy was directed
to attract a younger, "newer" audience (in
my opinion, it didn't do anything except diminish the
original editions). They were: Superman Contro L'uomo
Ragno and Batman Contro Hulk (both 1995).
Playpress is the current owner of the entire
DC line of comics in Italy, since 1999, they have been
publishing all the Dini/Ross treasuries: Superman:
Pace In Terra (1999), Batman: Guerra Al Crimine
(2000), Shazam!: Il Potere Della Speranza (2001),
Wonder Woman: Lo Spirito Della Verita (2002),
JLA: Le Origini Segrete (2003), and JLA: Liberte
E Giustizia (2004). Playpress also released, in
2004, a collection of the Superman, Batman, and Wonder
Woman treasuries called The Art of Alex Ross.
Italian version of Superman vs. The Flash (LCE C48) has
the same cover altered cover of the French
edition, with a "different" Batman and
no judge, Robin, or Green Lantern in the background. That
Batman, by the way, was taken from the first page of Batman
#265, art by Rich Buckler.
in France, Muhammad Ali was still better known as Cassius
Clay into the mid-70s and that's why Cenisio used his
Christian name on the cover to Superman Contro Cassius
Batman and the Hulk in the Negative Zone?? Take
a look at the cover of the reprint of Batman Contro
Hulk (1995). If you feel dizzy, that's perfectly
normal. That weird CGI background that replaced the
Joker and the rest of the Garcia-Lopez art was a poor
attempt to make what's left of the original cover look
more contemporary...with bad results. I wonder why Marvel
Italia didn't last...
other Marvel titles released by Editoriale Cenisio in
Italy, there was a monthly Spider-Man series called
L'uomo Ragno Gigante, or Giant-Size Spider-Man.
Actually it was a regular-size comic book and the first
issue's cover art is the same as Marvel
Treasury Edition #1.