Following up on yesterday’s downthetubes post revealing Portland-based Ablaze Publishing is to release a collection of the ground-breaking 1970s US Sunday newspaper strip Friday Foster, co-created by James Bond newspaper strip writer Jim Lawrence and Spanish artist Jorge Longarón, with art also by Gray Morrow, comes the information that Barcelona-based Norma Editorial will be the first to publish the collection, in Spanish.
As we reported, Friday Foster, published between January 1970 until 1974, was the first mainstream syndicated comic strip in the US to feature a Black woman in the lead role.
The Friday Foster Collected book is a project edited by Javier Meson and David Moreu for Norma Editorial, the result of two years of work, created with input and supervision from Longarón before he died last year.
The collection includes the strip, plus exclusive interviews and previously unreleased material from Longarón’s archives.
The Spanish edition will be published first, later this year; the US edition, edited by Christopher Marlon, is an English translation of the Spanish edition. Javier Meson is has co-ordinated both.
“Hopefully they’ll find more publishers to take it on in other languages, as well,” artist Kurt Busiek told me via Twitter.
Norma Editorial is one of Spain’s leading publishers in the field of comics, graphic and illustrated books. With a catalogue that includes some of the world’s most prominent authors, the Barcelona-based company, which owns its own bookshops chain, operates in a multitude of fields, always related to the Ninth Art: publishing, distribution, representation of authors and graphic services.
• Norma Editorial is online at normaeditorial.com – newsletter available
With thanks to Christopher Marlon and Kurt Busiek