TV comic books were a lot cooler south of the border

Editorial Novaro produced some beautiful comic adaptations in Mexico.

One of the great comic publishers throughout the 1960s and '70s was based out of Mexico City. Editorial Novaro did amazingly colorful reprints of classic television adaptions. In some cases, they did a better job of it with their vibrant use of color.

The originals were done here in the States, by the publishers Gold Key and Dell. Then, the skilled artists at Novaro added details needed to bring it to a whole new Spanish-speaking audience across multiple countries.

Navaro created their own comics, too, using some of the best artists from south of the border, many of whom would later find themselves in demand in America. To this day, a rich collection of original comic characters still spring from the pens of the talented artists found in the Mexican market.

Here are some of our favorite vintage covers. We especially love the show titles in Spanish. Dimension Desconocida (literally: "Unknown Dimension") is just cool.

Star Trek

Get Smart

The Twilight Zone

The Time Tunnel

The Green Hornet

Daniel Boone

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

The Beverly Hillbillies

Car 54, Where Are You?

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JeffBaker 40 months ago
My gosh! I saw some of the English versions of these!
Woowoo 61 months ago
Yes ,yes indeed..mucho Grande interpretations.
TVJunkie 62 months ago
WOW ! The Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea and Time Tunnel art is excellent. I love comic art and those two are excellent. How refreshing to see in this Pixar age of computerized blandness. Great art from the human hand of an artist.
CaptainDunsel 63 months ago
Some cool artwork there. Even without speaking Spanish, I can suss out much of the text's general meaning. But "C.I.P.O.L" has me stumped. Anyone know how that breaks down as a replacement for "U.N.C.L.E."?
Found it! "Comisión Internacional para la Observancia de la Ley" or "International Commission for the Observance of the Law". Makes perfect sense!
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