Las Grandes Aventuras: Merlin el Mago Moderno 3

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Hacia un Mundo Desconocido
con Merlín, el Rey de la Magia
LGA Merlin el Mago Moderno-03.jpg
Cover artist: unknown
Country/language: Mini spain.gif Spain / Spanish
Format: 21 x 32 cm
Pages: 16 pgs, b/w
Publishing date: 1942
Editor: unknown
Publishing company: Hispano Americana
Preceded by: Merlin #2
Followed by: Merlin #4

Hacia un Mundo Desconocido con Merlín, el Rey de la Magia is the third Mandrake issue in the "Las Grandes Aventuras" series.


Mandrake stories


This story was first printed in the magazine Aventurero, issues 96 to 123 (1937). It appears that an artist has used the images from the Aventurero pages to create a black and white re-inked version adapted to the landscape format. Pictures with scantily clad ladies have been over-inked with slightly more decent clothes.

Back cover

Starting in 1942 the back covers of issues from the "Las Grandes Aventuras" and the "Los Albumes Preferidos por la Juventud" (Colleción "Audaz" & Aventuras y Misterio) printed various collector cards, which could be glued into different collecting albums. These folded "Álbumes Centella" sheets could be ordered free and measured 17,5x25 cm.

  • Sticker: Serie 03-14: Wasp
  • Sticker: Serie 18-01: Antonio Pérez Balada, Club Deportivo Castellón (squad of 1941-42)
  • Sticker: Serie 21-11: Antonio Vico, actor
  • Sticker: Serie 23-03: José Manuel González López, Club Deportivo Granada (squad of 1941-42)

In 1983 Joaquín Esteve edited in collaboration with "Club Amigos de la Historieta" a facsimile reprint of this issue. The back cover is with only one printing plate for prussian blue.


The "Las Grandes Aventuras" (or other series by Hispano Americana) have no numbering or date printed on the cover or inside, thus making it difficult to make an index in chronological order. Fortunately, most of the back covers from the series "Las Grandes Aventuras" and "Los Albumes Preferidos por la Juventud" series (Colleción "Audaz" & Aventuras y Misterio) have a back-list and an ad for the next issue. Sometime also the current or next issue for the other series.

Comparing the back covers of the first print issues prior this Mandrake issue it is possible to make a list which shows that this Mandrake issue was #47 in the "Las Grandes Aventuras" series, most likely published in November/December 1942.