It’s a Mi Gran Aventura Sunday

It felt like a great day to pull out some of my Mexican, Mi Gran Adventura pocket books… so I did! These little beauties measure 14cm x 19.37cm, and were published by National Periodical Publications, Inc. The logo, EN can be seen in the corner of each book cover. It stands for Editorial Navaro, the imprint. 

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Above are issues #153, 155 and 158 of the Aguila series. “Aguila”, is an indicator of the size of the book. If I recall, Navaro released Mi Gran Aventura books in a couple different sizes.

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I’m not a Mexican comics wiz/know-it-all, but the kind folks over at the Global Comic Safari are. Check out this link where they break down some of the Mexican Navaro formats.

Mi Gran Aventura #2-153, Serie Águila (June 1977)

This copy of #153 has seen better days but I’m thrilled just to have a copy in my collection. The book reprints, Swamp Thing #9 The Stalker From Beyond (April 1974) along with a backup story. The Stalker From Beyond was written by Len Wein. Bernie Wrightson handled the artwork.

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Mi Gran Aventura #2-155, Serie Águila (August 1977) reprints Swamp Thing #11 The Conqueror Worms (August 1974) . The cover of Swampy #11 was illustrated by Luis Dominguez. Issue 11 was the first Swamp Thing book since Bernie Wrightson’s departure from the series. Nestor Rendondo stepped in on art detail and did a phenomenal job. I’m writing about these great artists now because I failed to do so in my old posts, back when I first started this site.

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Mi Gran Aventura #2-158, Serie Águila (October 1977) reprints Swamp Thing #15 The Soul-Spell of Father Bliss (April 1975). At this point in the Swamp Thing series (1975), David Michelinie was writing and Nestor Redondo was still the artist.

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A fun, trivial fact regarding this issue of Swamp Thing is: Eighteen years after Swamp Thing #15 is published, the demon, Nebiros (below) & Swamp Thing appear in Showcase ’93 #4 (April 1993).

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