Robinson

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Robinson
L'hebdo des jeunes de tous les âges
Robinson-001.jpg
First issue
Country/language: Mini france.gif France / French
Publishing company: Opera Mundi
Publishing years: 1936–1940
Issues: 218
Format: 26,5 x 36,5 cm,
b/w & color


Robinson was published weekly by the French publisher Opera Mundi from 1936 to 1944.

Issue overview

The magazine was mainly a compilation of newspaper American comics characters such as "Mandrake the Magician", "The Phantom", "Flash Gordon", "Brick Bradford" and others. The first issue was released on April 26, 1936 and the series lasts until issue #218 on June 30, 1940, an ending in relation with the German army advance in France during the first part of the World War II. The initial format was 36.5 x 26.5 cms and has changed twice. The magazine contained, depending on the period, 16, 10, 8 or 4 pages.

Regular series

Mandrake stories in Robinson

The Mandrake Sunday pages were in color.

Title US Title Issues Comment
"Le petit peuple" "Land of the Little People" 1936: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
"Les secrets du cirque" "The Circus People" 1936: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35,
1937: 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45
"La dimension X" "Chamber into the X Dimension" 1937: 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
"Le tyran de Dementor" "Prince Paulo the Tyrant" 1937: 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87,
1938: 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97
"La chasse aux trésors" "The Treasure Hunt" 1938: 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126
"Mandrake sur la Lune" "The Lunar Trip" 1938: 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139,
1939: 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152
"Mandrake à la Foire" "Mandrake and Lothar at the Carnival" 1939: 153, 154, 155, 156, 157
"Le monstre de la montagne" "The Haunted Range" 1939: 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166
"Le pêcheur" "The Fisherman" 1939: 167
"La visite" "Afternoon with Lothar" 1939: 168
"Une bonne leçon" "The Annoying" 1939: 169
"Le fou volant" "The Flying Pass By" 1939: 170
"La boule de cristal" "The Clairvoyant" 1939: 171
"Mandrake dans la ville d'or" "City of Gold" 1940: 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192,
1940: 193, 194, 195, 196, 197
"Un méchant" "The Evil Man" 1940: 198
"Pour mesurer sa force" "Trial of Strenght" 1940: 199
"Le remède" "The Cure" 1940: 200
"Lothar à la pêche" "Lothar go Fishing" 1940: 201
"Un boutiquier malhonnête" "The Dishonest Merchant" 1940: 202
"L'ours fantôme" "The Ghost Bear of Glass Mountain" 1940: 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217
"L'incrédule" "Mandrake and Doubting Thomas" 1940: 218

Albums

Unsold copies of Robinson were later glued together with a new outer cover and sold as "albums".

Album variants

Robinson et Hop-là ! réunis

A few months after the end of the first series Robinson merged with Hop-là! into a new magazine, entitled Robinson et Hop-là ! réunis (translation : "Robinson and Hop-Là ! Together"). The new series started with issue 217 (October 6, 1940) in the southern zone of France – a part of the country then called “The Free zone”. At the time, many pre-war magazines found a “second life” in being still published in this southern zone. Finally, the series ended with issue 395 on July 9, 1944. So, with the end of the original series and the beginning of the following one, it is worth to notice that there were two issues #217 and two issues #218.

The second series did not print any Mandrake stories.

Albums

Unsold copies of Robinson et Hop-là ! réunis were later glued together with a new outer cover and sold as "albums":

  • 217-228, 229-240, 241-252, 253-264 and 265-276.