Las Grandes Aventuras: Merlin el Mago Moderno 4

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La Tierra de los Pigmeos
con el Mago Merlín
LGA Merlin el Mago Moderno-04.jpg
Cover artist: unknown
Country/language: Mini spain.gif Spain / Spanish
Format: 21 x 32 cm
Pages: 16 pgs, b/w
Publishing date: 1943
Editor: unknown
Publishing company: Hispano Americana
Preceded by: Merlin #3
Followed by: Merlin #5

La Tierra de los Pigmeos con el Mago Merlín is the fourth Mandrake issue in the "Las Grandes Aventuras" series.
Note: The next Mandrake issue is La Clave del Tesoro Oculto with price tag 2.5 ptas. Most collectors consider these "Númerero Extraordinario" (price tag 2.5 ptas) as a separate "Extra" subseries of the "Las Grandes Aventuras" series.


Mandrake stories


This story was first printed in the magazine Aventurero, issues 50 to 70 (1936). 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 01-05: Manuel Rosalén Bellón, C. d F. Barcelona (squad of 1941-42)
  • Sticker: Serie 04-11: García Rivas, professional road racing cyclist
  • Sticker: Serie 15-18: La Torre Inclinada de Pissa
  • Sticker: Serie 24-01: José Valero Martín, Real C. de F. Zaragoza (squad of 1942-43)

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 #53 in the "Las Grandes Aventuras" series, most likely published in February 1943.