Sneak Peek: Spanish language edition of “Friday Foster” Sundays collection launches in May

The Spanish language cover of the much-anticipated Friday Foster Sundays collection. With thanks to Javier Mesón
The Spanish language cover of the much-anticipated Friday Foster Sundays collection. With thanks to Javier Mesón

The reveal of the Spanish language edition of the upcoming Friday Foster Sundays collection from Barcelona-based Norma Editorial marks a further step towards this long-awaited collection’s debut, delayed from last year.

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.

As we previously reported, Portland-based Ablaze Publishing is to release an English language 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,

However, we also previously reported that Barcelona-based Norma Editorial will be the first to publish the collection, in Spanish.

The Friday Foster Tapa dura book is a project edited by Javier Mesón and David Moreu for Norma Editorial, the result of two years of work, created with input and supervision from Longarón before he died in 2019.

The collection features the Friday Foster Sunday strips, plus exclusive interviews and previously unreleased material from Longarón’s archives.

The first Friday Foster newspaper strip, published in 1970
A taster of the new Spanish Friday Foster collection, via Norma Editorial

Friday Foster is the story of a former nightclub “camera bunny” turned photographer’s assistant turned fashion model. With an innate inclination to help others and a natural beauty that makes her a magnet for men, Friday often finds herself in some very sticky situations and world-class adventures.

Friday Foster only appeared in about twenty US newspapers, mostly major metropolitan – not only the Chicago Tribune, but titles such as the New York News. Despite a relatively short run, the character is fondly remembered, and the character made a welcome appearance in a two-week Dick Tracy storyline back in 2019, written by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis with art by Andrew Pepoy. You can read it here on GoComics.

The Spanish Sundays collection will be published first, with a release date of 28th May 2021; the US edition, edited by Christopher Marlon, an English translation of the Spanish edition, with some additional material, will be published on 20th July.

Javier Mesón has co-ordinated both, and it’s quite clear just how much work has gone into restoring the 222 strips featured, as this example posted by restorer Guillermo Velasco Navarro, clearly indicates.

Examples of the restoration work by Guillermo Velasco Navarro on the Friday Foster strips for the Norma Editorial Sundays collection,
Examples of the restoration work by Guillermo Velasco Navarro on the Friday Foster strips for the Norma Editorial Sundays collection,

Norma Editorial has included a preview of the new collection in the latest edition of their Spanish-language Descubre magazine, too.

The Ablaze edition includes Friday Foster strips drawn by Gray Morrow, who took over the art on the strip towards the end of the run. along with strips by artists such as Creig Flessel and Frank Springer.

Friday Foster promotional art by Jorge Longaron
The late Jorge Longarón, who died in 2019. Photo: Norma Editorial
The late Jorge Longarón, who died in 2019. Photo: Norma Editorial

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.

If this collection is a success in both Spanish and English, as hoped, then it may yet pave the way for collections of the Friday Foster dailies, although with some 1300 rare episodes to locate, scan and restore, that would be a major project.

FRIDAY FOSTER SUNDAYS – SPANISH EDITION

Friday Foster Tapa dura | Published by Norma Editorial on 28th May 2021 | 256 Pages | ISBN 978-8467945591 | Read a preview in Descubre

El regreso de un clásico de culto de la exploitation Bienvenidos al mundo de Friday Foster, la intrépida Fotógrafa del barrio neoyorquino de Harlem que revolucionó las tiras de prensa estadounidenses a principios de los años 70. Aventura, romance, intriga y mucho glamur.

Order the Norma Editorial edition of Friday Foster from Amazon.es – not currently listed on other Amazon sites

Norma Editorial is online at normaeditorial.com – newsletter available

Read Javier Mesón’s latest blog about the Friday Foster project (in Spanish)

FRIDAY FOSTER SUNDAYS – ENGLISH EDITION

Friday Foster | Published by Ablaze Publishing on 20th July 2021| 304 Pages | ISBN 978-1950912063

The Friday Foster comic strip is the story ofa former nightclub “camera bunny” turned photographer’s assistant turned fashion model. With an innate inclination to help others and a natural beauty that makes her a magnet for men, Friday often finds herself in some very sticky situations and world class adventures.

The book will also include a significant bonus section including multiple interviews, an expanded sketchbook section, artwork, photos, essays, articles, behind-the-scenes info, and more

Order the Ablaze edition of Friday Foster from AmazonUK (available from 20th July 2021 (Affiliate Link)

Read our original article on the Friday Foster Norma Editorial edition

Read our article on the Ablaze Publishing Friday Foster collection

Ablaze Publishing is online at ablazepublishing.com

FURTHER READING…

Read our tribute to artist Jorge Longarón

Read a 2018 interview with Jorge Longarón, in Spanish, about his approach to Friday Foster and reaction to the strip here on VISUAL

With many thanks to Javier Mesón

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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