Treasuries - Spain
the years, all the foreign publishers that released
ther versions of the DC treasury editions gave priority
to books with original stories instead of reprints.
In Spain, it was no different.
had a good reason for that. "Original" treasuries
like Superman vs. Spider-Man,
or Superman vs. Muhammad Ali
could be more expensive to publish beacuse of the rights,
but they were far more attractive for the readers to
must not forget that the treasuries were--and still
are--a strange and unusual format for a comic book for
most of the industry--in any part of the world. Most
of the publishers around the world were--or are--afraid
of the risks involved in the production of such books.
Valenciana was the first Spanish publisher to try the
treasury format based on DC characters. In 1976, they
published their version of Limited
Collectors' Edition C25, called Album
Editorial Novaro was a Mexican publishing company that
expanded its operations to Spain and launched the spanish
editions--they call it Gran Formato--of Superman
vs. Spider-Man, Superman
vs. Muhammad Ali in 1978 and Superman
vs. Wonder Woman in 1979.
1981, Ediciones Zinco published their version of Batman
vs. The Incredible Hulk. It was called Batman
vs. La Masa (!). Yes, the Hulk was known as La Masa
in Spain. Another company, Editorial
Bruguera, published an edition of the second
Superman vs. Spider-Man book in 1981. (Editor's
Note: Love that reworked cover--Rob!)
2000, Norma Editorial released Superman: La Paz En
La Tierra, and Batman: Guerra Contra El Crimen.
In 2002, they published Shazam: El Poder De La Esperanza,
and Wonder Woman: El Spiritu De La Verdad. As
far as I know, they are the last of the Ross/Dini books
to be published in Spain. JLA:
Secret Origins and JLA:
Liberty and Justice remain "in edit."
it for now. Adios, Amigos!