Comic books or tebeos, as we also call them in Spain, are one of the most popular readings among Spaniards. That is why in 2DayLanguages we want to encourage you to read comic books in Spanish. The following are some of the most famous ones in our language:
Mortadelo y Filemón. Created by Francisco Ibáñez since 1958 it is the most widely read Spanish comic book of all time: its copies have passed from parents to children. It is a comical story, which mocks detective and spies movies. Mortadelo y Filemón are two secret agents from T.I.A. (whose acronym parodies the C.I.A). The rest of the plot, which is a lot, we leave it for you to discover.
Zipi y Zape. Behind Mortadelo y Filemón, it is the second most widely read Spanish comic book in Spain. Created by José Escobar in 1948, it tells the pranks of two twin brothers: one blond (Zipi) and one dark haired (Zape). In many ways, Zipi y Zape’s stories got outdated. Still, they describe very well how Spain was in the time they were created.
Mafalda. It is more press strip than a comic book. Written by the Argentinian graphic humourist Quino between 1964 to 1973, Mafalda is a little girl who reflects on the world that surrounds her. With a pacifist background and worried about humanity when read nowadays it surprises how updated are Mafalda’s thoughts.
If you are either in Spain or some other Spanish speaking country do not miss the chance to buy one of these copies and try to read comic books in Spanish.
But, if you wish to read more recent comic books, you will be happy to hear Spanish comic industry is at an amazing moment, with outsanding artists in many subgenres. As an example of it, Barcelona’s International Comic Fair has become one of the most important comic books conventions in the world.