2000AD – the Brazilian editions… by no means the first British reprint abroad!

Captain Z Presents 2000AD - #1 and #2
Captain Z Presents 2000AD – #1 and #2

British comics have been reprinted around the world for decades – including 2000AD, although back in 1979, its run in Brazil proved short-lived… and it’s not the only British comic or character to enjoy life beyond our shores, by a long chalk.

Ten issues of this Portuguese-language version of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic were published under the banner “Captain Z Presents” by Editora Brasil-América Ltda. (EBAL), one of the most important comic book publishers in Brazil.

Literally based on the original 1977 weekly ‘Progs’, but reduced in size to a US comic book format, all the title’s original strips featured, including “Dan Dare”, “Flesh” and, of course, “Judge Dredd”, but for whatever reason, 2000AD failed to attract an audience in South America’s largest country.

Of course, 2000AD strips weren’t just reprinted in Brazil, but this title seems to have been one of the few to try to mirror its original edition so closely – aside from being published in Portuguese, of course.

Dan Dare on the cover of the Finnish title Nastasarjat in 1964
Dan Dare on the cover of the Finnish title Nastasarjat in 1964
The Swedish version of Buster, published in 1967
The Swedish version of Buster, published in 1967

Many other British comic characters have enjoyed life beyond Britain too, most obviously through the syndication of newspaper strips such as Garth, but we’ve also previously noted overseas reprints of Eagle in France and Asia, and other places, for example. But there are other examples, such as humour comic Buster, which has had two Nordic counterparts, and others.

Short-lived British horror comic Scream has a German reprint
The Spanish 2000AD
The Spanish 2000AD

PACKAGED COMICS ABROAD

Orbit Magazine Issue One Volume One - 1971
Orbit Magazine Issue One Volume One, published in Africa but packaged in the UK in 1971

Not only have British comic strips first published by DC Thomson, IPC and, today, Rebellion and Titan Comics been republished across the globe, with characters such as “The Steel Claw” still enjoying publication in India by Lion Muthu Comics today, under official license. In some cases, as we’ve often documented, British creators were employed to create all-new strips and comics for publication abroad, including Orbit in Africa, and Power Man, drawn by Dave Gibbons, documented here by downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf on his Boys Adventure Comics blog, Sister Mercy drawn by Ron Smith, and others.

Collector Phil Rushton recently came across another of these – Wonder, “The New African Magazine” a fascinating Eagle spin-off, apparently edited by the original editor of that famous comic Marcus Morris in 1957, which just sold on Ebay.

Wonder, the “new African magazine”, published in 1957

As far as Phil can tell, it seems to have contained all-new material written and drawn in English by British writers and artists but aimed at an African readership.

Has anyone else come across this title before and if so, how long did it run – and who worked on it?

As ever, of course, in past times while publishers netted tidy sums in overseas strip sales, their creators rarely profited. Artist Don Lawrence famously walked away from “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” after discovering how extensively it was being reprinted in Europe, but was refused a pay rise.

Other creators have only discovered their work has appeared elsewhere in the world quite by chance.

“I found out last year that [Fleetway] had reprinted my ‘Tom Thug’ and ‘Pete and his Pimple’ strips in Germany years ago,” Lew Stringer noted recently. “Sloppily new colours and lettering too!”

OVERSEAS COMICS PUBLISHERS IN BRITAIN

Apart from Marvel with Marvel UK, the only example of a non-British publisher specifically creating a title aimed at the British market, is STRIP: The Adventure Comics Magazine, which I edited, launched in 2011, published by Bosnia-Based Print Media Productions.

The planned cover of Strip Magazine Issue 3, which was not published. Cover art by Bernard Kolle
The planned cover of Strip Magazine Issue 3, which was not published. Cover art by Bernard Kolle
A revised cover of the unpublished STRIP Magazine Issue 3 created in April 2014 - after the project had foundered
A revised cover of the unpublished STRIP Magazine Issue 3 created in April 2014 – after the project had foundered

Its first short volume distributed through comic shops, followed by the publication of two news stand issues, the second hard to find, before the project sadly crashed and burned leaving many creators, including myself, out of pocket.

There’s a gallery of the Brazilian Captain Z Presents 2000AD here in on the Guiados Quadrinhos web site

ALSO ON DOWNTHETUBES

• Check out our Dan Dare Profile page for more Eagle reprint information and our separate posts on its publication in France and Asia

A Nigerian Comics Mystery: Ron Smith’s “Sister Mercy” (and more)

Discovering “Orbit” – Zambia’s unique science and comic magazine

FURTHER READING…

Boys Adventures Comics: A Guide to Powerman by Richard Sheaf

Lion Muthu Comics

Tom Thug in German

With thanks to Paul Gravett, Lew Stringer, Phil Rushton and Simon Werrett

2000AD © Rebellion Publishing Ltd | Eagle © Dan Dare Corporation

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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