Friday Foster: The Sunday Strips by writer Jim Lawrence and artist Jordi Longaron, published in Spain as Friday Foster Tapa dura by Norma Editorial, is available now, and the cover of the English language edition from American publisher Ablaze, is now revealed, out in July.
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 publishing an English language collection of the ground-breaking 1970s US Sunday newspaper strip, co-created by James Bond newspaper strip writer Jim Lawrence and Spanish artist Jorge Longarón, with art also by Gray Morrow. But Barcelona-based Norma Editorial is the first to publish the collection, in Spanish, available now.
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.
Jordi’s son, Marc Longaron, has been sharing examples of art from the strip online, revealing some of the incredible work his father put into the strip, to the delight of the strip’s fans, including artist David Roach.
The collection features the Friday Foster Sunday strips, plus exclusive interviews and previously unreleased material from Longarón’s archives.
The strip was also published daily, but locating examples is likely to be a long and time-consuming project , so let’s hope sales of the Sunday collection are strong enough to prompt such an endeavour!
FRIDAY FOSTER SUNDAYS – SPANISH EDITION
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.
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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 – 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
With thanks to Marc Longaron, Javier Mesón and David Roach