Mirim

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Mirim
Mirim-001.jpg
First issue
Country/language: Mini brazil.gif Brazil / Portuguese
Publishing company: Grande Consórcio Suplementos Nacionais
Publishing years: 1937-1942
Issues: 620
Format: ?×? cm, b/w & color



Mirim was founded on May 16, 1937 by Adolfo Aizen.

History

After the previous release of Suplemento Juvenil (initially published as "Suplemento Infantil") which was linked to the newspaper "A Nação" ("The Nation"), Adolfo Aizen travelled to USA where he worked as a freelance journalist. Coming back home, he launched "Mirim" and "Lobinho" the first Brazilian comic books inspired by the current American format.

For the same reason, many American comic classicals - such as Mandrake the Magician, "King of the Mouned Police", "Popeye", "Henry", "Tim Tyler Luck", "Secret Agent X9"... - were found in "Mirim".

In its first times, "Mirim" was published twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays, containing only stories to follow from issues to issues. The success being granted, it was also released on Fridays, but with complete stories, another novelty due to Adolfo Aizen.

It must also be noted that a separate Biblioteca Mirim, composed of printed prose adaptation books similar to the U.S. Better Little Books series, was launched in 1938.

In 1939, the rights for the main King Features Syndicate characters were retaken by his ex-boss Roberto Marinho for his own publications O Globo Juvenil and Gibi and "Mirim" lost a part of his initial touch but, in counterpart, kept interest with other American Syndicates heroes such as "Broncho Bill", "Tarzan", "Mutt and Jeff".

Finally in 1945 and after a running of 605 "Mirim" issues, the difficulties of the Second War in paper supply were so important that Adolfo Aizen sold the control of his Grande Consórcio Suplementos Nacionais company to Luiz Carlos da Costa Netto - editor of "Editora do jornal "A Noite". The latter has continued "Mirim" for 620 new issues until a last release at the end of 1945. That second part of the series often contains material then considered as much modern like "Superman", "Batman", "Hawkman"...

Issue overview

Mandrake stories

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Title Title US issues note
"O Império Desconhecido" "Chamber into the X Dimension" 1937: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
"Em busca de um tesouro" "The Treasure Hunt" 1938: 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 59, 61, 63, 65, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101 (#46-101)
"Mandrake Vai à Lua" "The Lunar Trip" 1938/1939: (#114-165)
"Viagens no país de Savessá" "Prince Paulo the Tyrant" 1938: 133 (see cover below) maybe just a presentation for the Suplemento Juvenil - Ediçáo Especial - Mandrake em Viagens no Paiz de Savessá issue, released the same week and sold 7.000 reis... nb: the story "Mandrake Vai à Lua" was still in progress...
"0 monstro de duas cabeças"" "Mandrake and Lothar at the Carnival" 1939: (first part) (#171-179)
"0 monstro de duas cabeças"" "The Haunted Range" 1939: (second part) (#181-199)

Covers with Mandrake (incomplete gallery)