IN CACERES — Comics and cartoon stories


27 OCT 2018 — 06 JAN 2019


Historietas del tebeo 1917-1977 is an exhibition produced by Museo ABC that can be visited in the Fundación Mercedes Calles-Carlos Ballestero (MCCB) in Caceres, Extremadura.

It is a show about Spanish comics, and more specifically, about those published between 1917 and 1977. Why these dates? Because in 1917 began the magazine TBO and because in 1977 appears the magazine Totem, a comic for adults, which had published European and Latin American comics that marked the maturity of comics in the 60s and 70s.

Through cartoons and bubbles we show the evolution of comic along the XXthCentury in the exhibition center Puerta Real de Granada. A historical overview to remember the adventures and characters that made laugh several generations of children and that nowadays are key pieces in our culture and graphic heritage. From Pulgarcito and Mickey to El Capitán Trueno or Mortadelo y Filemón.

This selection of 250 works, between originals and publications of the time, is shown in this comic history. Their apparition, the consolidation as a literature genre, why children liked them (from the western adventures to love novels or heroes comic books) and what is a «tebeo».

The exhibition is structured in three different sections. A chronology used to locate the origin and progression of the industry.  The section «Géneros, personajes y autores» to review the Spanish comic genres: humour, adventure, love books, comics for adults… The third part «Intimidades del tebeo» is a little study of the making up and the format of comics. We will review the almanacs, the Spanish editions of foreign comics, the graphic novels, the comic boom for adults and those that we have qualified as rare, basically because they are singular, minority and short-lived editions.