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LA HISTORIETA ARGENTINA - UNA HISTORIA
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LA HISTORIETA ARGENTINA - UNA HISTORIA

ISBN: 978-950-515-568-2
Author: Judith Gociol
Co-author: Diego Rosemberg
Publisher: Ediciones De La Flor
Language: Spanish
Size: 9 in. x 13 in. [in.] [cm.]
Weight: 2.507 kg.
Pages: 650
Hardcover
Price: U$S 40
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This book provides a journey through the argentine comic from its origins in 1912 with “Las Aventuras de Viruta y Chicharrón” up to the year 2000. It analyzes more than 300 comic strips by its contents, its aesthetics and its socio-political context.

It goes through the magazines and newspapers of all the 20th century, from “Caras y Caretas” to “Fierro” and from “Crítica” to “Perfil”, passing through the publications of Columba, Record, La Urraca and the mythical of Editorial Frontera.

Among the analyzed works they can be seen from the classical works of Oesterheld, Pratt, Salinas and Breccia, to true unknown pearls.

They appear, among many, “Los ojos del Mirón”, the first century surrealist work of Raúl Roux; the personages of Lino Palacio, Adolfo Mazzone and Guillermo Divito; the absurd fantasies of García Ferré and Héctor Torino, the popular sagas of Robin Hood and of Trillo and Altuna in “El Loco Chávez”.

Among numerous curiosities we can find Don Salamito and Doña Tortuga, a marriage murdered by the reader’s suggestion; Sharon, the only cowgirl woman in Argentina and an antecedent of the Clemente of Caloi drawn by the commentator Julio Lagos for “Tía Vicenta”.

The book is comprised in two parts: a chronologic development of the genre evolution in the country and the thematic analysis of the comic strips. This trip shows the changes produced in the country and the society.

“After reading the pages of this book -wrote Pablo De Santis in the prologue-, hundreds and hundreds of personages remain floating in our memory; the large inhabitants of the myth but also the other; the silent majority, hidden in lost magazines”.

Arise in the margins of the culture; the comic strip became a symbolic product of the 20th century culture. It evolved in forms and contents, from the pages of newspapers that were of concern for attracting readers to the specialized publications, without losing their initial spirit: to relate and to entertain.

In Argentina, this history begins in 1912, with Viruta and Chicharrón, the first beings of an extensive ink lineage whose path was reconstructed by Judith Gociol and Diego Rosemberg from the testimonies of screenwriters and sketchers, as well as from the fragments lost in libraries and old collections.

The authors lively and seductive prose devises a captivating narration by itself, to which they add the graphic documentation, the chronologic code, the evolution of determined archetypes along the decades, and the reflection: a wise combination that does of this book, as maintains Pablo De Santis, “a fundamental work of our comic strip bibliography “.

The journalist Diego Rosemberg was born in Buenos Aires in 1969. He collaborated in diverse publications, like the “Todo es Historia” magazine and the “Página 12” newspaper. Was the writer of the weekly cultural “La Maga”, of the “Viva” magazine, the “Clarín” newspaper and the “3 Puntos” magazine. He integrated the team of investigators of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, entity presided by Steven Spielberg.

Judith Gociol was born in Buenos Aires in 1971. Specialized journalist in cultural themes works in the “Clarín” newspaper. She integrated the staff of “La Maga” magazine and of other media; was also interviewer of the Foundation directed by Spielberg. She carried out investigations for journalistic books, as well as the chronology of “Toda Mafalda” and the trials included in “20 años con Inodoro Pereyra” and “Todo Boogie el Aceitoso”, of Ediciones of La Flor. In 1998 her first work published by the National Library, “Alfonsina Storni. Con-textos” appeared.

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