Biblioteca Mirim

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Biblioteca Mirim
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First issue
Country/language: Mini brazil.gif Brazil / Portuguese
Publishing company: Grande Consórcio de Suplementos Nacionais
Publishing years: 1938-1943
Issues: 31
Format: 9×11,5 cm, b/w

The Biblioteca Mirim series printed prose adaptation books, like the U.S. Better Little Books series.

Issue overview

Regular series

The collection was launched in 1938 by the Grande Consórcio de Suplementos Nacionais, also known for O Suplemento Juvenil. The owner Adolfo Aizen later founded EBAL.

Altogether thirty-one volumes were published, with each new edition a different hero was introduced to the public. All with the unusual format; 9 cm x 11.5 cm and up to 600 pages. Each book was tiny and tremendously thick and known for the nickname "tijolinho" (brick) for the format. The charming format proved a tremendous success and Roberto Marinho launched a similar series; Coleção Gibi, also a huge success.

The "Biblioteca Mirim" debuted with "Flash Gordon" no Reino das Cavernas and continued publishing a little bit of everything: "The Shadow", "Buck Rogers", "Dick Tracy", "Mandrake", "Mickey", "Pinocchio", "Bambi", "Pluto", "Donald", "Mutt & Jeff", "Popeye", "Tim & Tok", "Az Drummond", "Tom Mix", "Red Barry".

The collection was aperiodic and lasted until 1943, but the interesting thing is that whenever a new release was scheduled, the other journals of "Grande Consórcio": "Lobinho", "Mirim" and "O Suplemento Juvenil", made a huge fuss and prepared the public for the arrival of a new "tijolinho". The strategy proved successful and runs always sold out. Two years after the cancellation of the series in 1945, the group decided to reissue the complete collection precisely because of this high demand and, once again, all the copies were sold out.

Novíssima Biblioteca Mirim

Interestingly, in 1948, still marked by the success of the collection, Aizen made the attempt to revive the series, which he named "Novíssima Biblioteca Mirim", but this new collection failed to pass the second edition.