Comic Book Legends Revealed #428
COMIC LEGEND: Argentinian author Julio Cortázar wrote a comic book featuring Fantomas.
STATUS: Basically False
Noted Argentinian author Julio Cortázar (famous for his role in the so-called “Latin American Boom” of the 1960s and 1970s, when writers like Gabriel García Márquez and Cortázar gained much critical acclaim) was well-known for how experimental he was a as a novelist. His most famous novel, Hopskotch, is notable for the way that it deconstructs the very structure of a novel (it has multiple endings and you can literally “hop” around the plot in the book and create your own unique story from choosing which chapters to read in what order)…
In 1975, Cortázar (who lived from 1914-1984) wrote a novella titled Fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales (Fantomas versus the multinational vampires)…
where he depicts a character based on himself (even NAMED Julio Cortázar) who daydreams that he is the famed Fantomas (a popular pulp novel, film and comic book character in Europe and Central and South America – also the influence for Fantomex, as explained in this old Comic Book Legends Revealed). The daydreams are shown as an actual comic book story intermixed with the novel…
Here are a few sample pages…
As you can see, it is not exactly a comic book but it is pretty damn close.
However, the pages are not original to the work, but rather are examples of Cortázar using fair use (and likely skirting the edges of the definition of that term) to illustrate his story.
The artwork was done by artists from a popular Mexican comic book company, Editorial Novaro, for their very popular (throughout all of Central and South America) comic book series starring Fantomas.
So Cortázar did not ACTUALLY write a Fantomas comic book, but rather appropriated a Fantomas comic book for a fascinating mixed media story. Check out this site has a full copy of the story.
Thanks to Juan D. for correcting an earlier edition of the legend when I was misinformed that Cortázar actually wrote the comic in question.
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