El Tony

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El Tony was published by Editorial Columba from 1928 to mid 2000.

El Tony
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First issue
Country/language: Mini argentina.gif Argentina / Spanish
Publishing company: Editorial Columba
Publishing years: 1928 to 1966 (first series) / ? to mid 2000 (second series)
Issues: 2004
Format: b/w


History

El Tony was launched by brothers Ramón and Claudio Columba on September 26, 1928. It was primarily aimed for children, containing cartoons, educational and literary adaptations. Gradually the contents were turning to teen and adult audiences. The initial print run was 10,000 copies, reaching 300,000 weekly at its peak.

It contains strip reprints of US comics such as "Mandrake the Magician", "The Phantom", "Secret Agent X-9", "Tarzan", "Batman" and on. National artists were incorporated gradually to encompass almost all the material presented. Until mid-1940 the strips were presented as separate panels with text under them.

"El Tony" have supplements in various formats and versions like; El Tony Album, El Tony Extracolor, El Tony Super Color, El Tony Todo Color, El Tony Color, El Tony Anuarios and El Tony Superanuales. In some cases the variants numbering starting from number 1.

The first annual album, released in February 1939 with 76 pages, the central and almost exclusive content was the first Mandrake story: "The Cobra".

Daily strips stories

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U.S.# Original story title Start End Examples of Daily strips in issues Publishing years
1 "The Cobra" (# ? ) (# ?) # 355 1935
2 "The Hawk (Mandrake Meets Narda)" (# ?) (# ?) # 371 1935
3 "The Monster of Tanov Pass" (# ?) (# ?) # 401: strips from May 29 to 31, 1935. 1936
6 "The Return of the Clay Camel" (# ?) (# ?) # 451: strips from June 19 to July 2, 1936. 1937
7 "The Slave Traders of Tygandi" (# ?) (# ?) # 462: strips from September 23 to 26, 1936. 1937
9 "In the Cobra's Grip" (# ?) (# ?) # 514: strips September 1 to 6, 1937. 1938
10 "Mandrake in America" (# ?) (# ?) # 527: : strips from December 4 to 8, 1937. 1938
16 "Visitors from Space" (# ?) (# ?) # 557: : strips from December 8 to 13, 1938 1939
15 "Mandrake in Love" (# ?) (# ?) # 589: strips from November 3 to 11, 1938 1940
20 "The Mountain Bandits" (# ?) (# 616) # 616: strips from January 18 to ?, 1940. 1940
21 "The Museum Mystery" (# 616) (# ?) # 618: strips from January 31 to February ?, 1940. 1940
22 "The Octopus Ring" (# ?) (# ?) # 645: strips from September 10 to 13, 1940. 1941
23 "Dr Griff's Invention" (# ?) (# ?) # 661: strips from January 15 to 21, 1941. 1941
18 "Mandrake in Cockaigne" (# ?) (# ?) # 670: strips from June 6 to 10, 1939. 1941
17 "The Deep South" (# ?) (# ?) # 685: strips from March 3 to ?, 1939. 1941
26 "Lothar the Champ" (# ?) (# ?) # 724: strips from March 27 to April 2, 1941. 1942
33 "The Mirror People" (# ?) (# ?) # 857: strips from October 16 to 21, 1944. 1945
37 "The Sleeping Beauty" (# ?) (# ?) # 924: strips from December 29, 1945 to January3, 1946. 1946
38 "Pleasant Valley" (# ?) (# ?) # 935: strips from March 3 to 12, 1946. 1946
39 "Medusa" (# ?) (# 946) # 946: strips from May 31 to June 1, 1946. 1946
40 "The Jinx" (# 946) (# ?) # 946: strips from June 3 to 6, 1946. 1946
41 "Felina" (# ?) (# ?) # 960: strips from September 17 to 23, 1946. 1947
43 "HRH Cuddles" (# ?) (# ?) # 991: strips from May 9 to 15, 1947. 1947
49 "The Big Tyme" (# 1062 ) (# ?) # 1062: strips from October 4 to 9,1948. 1949
60 "Swami" (# ?) (# 1180) # 1180: March 16 and 17, 1951 strips. 1951
61 "Lenore" (# 1180) (# ?) # 1180: strips from 19 to 22, 1951. 1951
63 "The Face Mystery" (# ?) (# ?) # 1201: strips from July 28 to August 2, 1951. 1951
23 "Dr Griff's Invention" (# ?) (# 1452) (second run) # 1443: strips from January 20 to 23, 1941. 1956
83 "U-Hunt" (# 1453) (# ?) # 1454: strips from July 29 to 30, 1955. 1956
96 "Employment Agency" (# ?) (# ?) # 1586: strips from March 17 to 27, 1958. 1959

nb: until mid-1940, the stories are presented with only a narration under separate panels (no speech balloons).

U.S.# Original story title Spanish title Issues "Album de El Tony" Comments Publishing years
131 "The UFO" "El plato volador" Album de El Tony #199 (Complete story) 1969

Sunday pages stories

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U.S.# Original story title Spanish title Issues "Album de El Tony" Comments Publishing date
42 "Fear Island" (no title) Album de El Tony (Complete story) November 1954


Early issues with Mandrake and various views

Gallery

Album de El Tony / Regular series

From 1953 to 1973, "Editorial Columba" published a parallel regular series entitled "Album de El Tony". Each issue contains complete stories of American comics (such as "Johnny Hazard", "Paul Temple", "Flash Gordon", "Jeff Cobb", "Buz Sawyer", "Big Ben Bolt"...) as well as Argentinian comics. To the best of current knowledge, just two issues have Mandrake stories.