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Roberto Alcázar and Pedrín

by Eduardo Vañó
(1911-1993, Spain)

Eduardo Vañó (Eduardo Vañó Pastor) was the first artist of the famous Spanish Roberto Alcázar y Pedrín detective series. He studied fine arts, and began his career at the publishing house Valenciana in the early 1930s. There, he illustrated several novels. Based on scenarios by Juan Puerto, he began Roberto Alcázar in 1940. The series became one of the most famous Spanish comics, and ran until 1976, drawn by several artists. It was characterized by its action and creative use of exclamations and sound effects. (lambiek.net)

May 26, 2000, Scott #3042, 70p
perf 14×13¾
Edifil 3280 / Yvert 3713

The adventures of Roberto Alcézar and Pedrín began at the Editorial Valenciana, in Spain, in 1940. The illustrations were by Eduardo Vañó and the scriptwriter of the first episodes was Juan Bautista Puerto Belda, founder of the company, who soon gave way to other scriptwriters like Jordán Jover, Federico Amorós, Pedro Quesada and Vicente Tortajada.
In the first strip of the series, Roberto Alcázar is presented as a journalist and intrepid adventurer who travels to Argentina on a transatlantic ship. During the voyage he discovers a stowaway: Pedrín, a young boy who he adopts as his assistant. Some years later, Roberto goes to work as an Interpol agent, and his adventures acquire a cosmopolitan character, being narrated from the most remote countries in the world.
The serial became one of the longest published, and it is always noted for the quality of the scripts and the genius of the dialogues.

The other stamp in the "Comic Strips" set, 35p, (Scott #2931), is for the comic "Las Hermanas Gilda" (The Gilda Sisters) by Manuel Vazquez Gallego.

Thanks to José Ángel Rozados, of Spain, for suggesting this.