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Country/language: Mini mexico.gif Mexico / Spanish
Publishing company: Editorial Juventud/
Editorial Panamericana
Publishing years: 1935-1978
Issues: 5000 (?)
Format: 27×17/ 20×13 cm, b/w & color

Issue overview

Regular series

Paquito was a Mexican comic book published from March 1935 to early 1950s, first by Editorial Juventud S.A. then later Editorial Panamericana S.A.. Initially, the book featured a mix of comics in every issue. It quickly gained popularity and was published six days a week. Among the comics published in Paquito were "Superman", "Batman" (the first time these characters appeared in Mexico), "The Saint", "Brick Bradford", "Popeye", "The Phantom", "Felix the Cat" and "Mandrake".

In Paquito Mandrake was known as "El mago maravilla". When "Mandrake" began in Paquito, the stories were published in serialiazed form. Usually 2 – 4 pages in every issue, and in one issue per week. Mandrake rarely appeared on the covers of these issues.

Mandrake covers

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Paquito presenta

By the early 1950s the magazine was splitt into several sub series with a new numbering. Each sub series was given a separate prefix followed by a separate sequential numbering: "El Fantasma" 10xxx (54 (?) issues), "El Mago Maravilla" 11xxx (53 (?) issues), "Popeye" 12xxx (7 (?) issues), "El Gato Garabato" 13xxx (3 (?) issues), "Juanito" 14xxx (20 (?) issues), "Brick Bradford/Kihoga" 15xxx (50 (?) issues), "La Familia Burrón" 16xxx + 17xxx (1387 (?) issues), "Sombras" 17xxx ((?) issues), "Corazón del Norte" 18xxx (26 (?) issues). Hence, Paquito #11001 published in 1952 was the first Paquito issue dedicated solely to "Mandrake".

El Mago Maravilla