Monday, May 5, 2008

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo Mi Amigos!

Here’s one Mexico’s biggest superheroes, Kalimán el Hombre Increible. He’s similar to the pulp adventurers we have in the states. He doesn’t have any powers but he is at the top of human perfection by being very strong and intelligent through the use of esoteric wisdom. Kalimán started out as a radio show in the 1960s and the character found even more success when his adventures appeared on the comic page. He got so big in fact, that he had his own movie in 1972. He had a good run of over 1300 issues and despite the fact that his comics are now only reprints; Kalimán remains a pop culture touchstone in Mexico.

One of his radio shows with the Comic Adaption:

There is a whole arena of comics south of the border that we’ve missed out on here in el Norte. Here’s a wonderful post about the interesting world of Mexican comic books.

One of Kalimán's many sayings:
"He who brings peace opens any door"

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Don Snabulus said...

Frijoles frios (Cool beans, kind of).

Cool stuff.

Dean Wormer said...

I have some comics I picked up in Mexico.

Not for kids though. On the positive side I can always tell what's going on even though my Spanish sucks.

Hypatia said...

Hmmm looks like someone will have to write a post on Booba...I mean "Luba"..(although technically American, most action takes place south of the border, and it's got a definite Mexican feel).

Overdroid said...

Sounds like a Mexican Doc Savage, or El doctor Savage hombre de bronce.

Becca said...

That is a great cover!

pidomon said...

and to you too!
hope you had a good one!

Swinebread said...

Snab – it is different that’s for sure but interesting

Dean – I just new it was you that was going bring up the Tijuana bibles

Hypatia – Yeah and about five other posts too

OD – yeah kinda a cross between Doc Savage and the Shadow

Becca – that’s what I thought!

Pidomon – back at you!