New art books out now from Korero Press highlight the art of celebrated Brazilian comic artist Jayme Cortez

Korero Press recently published two new art books by Fabio Moraes, well worth your attention, both focusing on the work of Jayme Cortez, one of Brazil’s most celebrated comic artists. We trailed them back in August, but here’s more detail and imagery to encourage purchase!

Jayme Cortez
Brazilian comic artist Jayme Cortez

Jayme Cortez was born in 1926 in Lisbon, Portugal. He began his career in 1944, drawing comic strips in the weekly newspaper O Mosquito. In 1947, he migrated to São Paulo in Brazil and started creating cartoons, comic strips and illustrations for several newspapers.

During the 1950s, Cortez enjoyed tremendous success in Brazil, thanks to his work in the magazine O Terror Negro (“The Black Terror”), published by La Selva; however, he also illustrated western, sci-fi, crime and adventure magazines.

In 1951, with Miguel Penteado, Cortez organised one of the world’s first international comics exhibitions. In 1959, he became a partner, art director and principal cover artist for Outubro, which published numerous successful magazines. In 1986, he was awarded the Caran D’Ache prize for illustration.

Cortez passed away in São Paulo in 1987, aged just 60, leaving behind an enormous collection of work across various fields of illustration. As master of his craft and a maestro of the macabre, he made his mark creating some of the most iconic and chilling cover art readers had ever seen. Now, for the first time, his work has been collected together for an international audience.

Macabras – The Art of Jayme Cortez, introduced by comics archivist and author Paul Gravett, features the horror covers he produced for the publisher Continental/Outubro, each one more blood-curdling than the last, along with a look at some of his other illustration work.

Terror – The Art of Jayme Cortez, introduced by artist Paulo Monteiro, who has been director of the Beja Comics Library and of Beja’s International Comics Festival, features magazine covers Cortez produced for the publisher La Selva and a biography by the comic historian Fabio Moraes.

Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting to explore the world of Brazilian horror comics, prepare to be chilled and thrilled by the spine-tingling art of Jayme Cortez.

Fabio Moraes is an illustrator, painter, art director and comic historian. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1965 and studied drawing, painting and sculpture at the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios. He runs the official Jayme Cortez blog and Facebook group, has organised several Cortez exhibitions in Brazil and Europe, and has been responsible for two compilations of Cortez comics in Portuguese. 

Korero Press is a London-based publisher. At the heart of everything they do is a love of lowbrow and kustom kulture. Their list, which also includes brilliant titles such as Rian Hughes superb Rayguns and Rocketships, is mainly made up of pop culture, street art, erotica and horror titles. They’ve also published books by such renowned contemporary artists as Ron English, Patrick J. Jones and Derek Yaniger.

• Order Macabras – The Art of Jayme Cortez direct from Korero Press | 140 pages | ISBN 978-1912740215 | Order it from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

• Order Terror – The Art of Jayme Cortez direct from Korero Press | 128 pages | ISBN 978-1912740222 | Order it from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

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• Check out the official Jayme Cortez blog and Facebook group

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