This deluxe slip-cased, horizontally-formatted, oversize-edition at long brings this classic of South American comics to North America in this first-ever English Landguage edition of El Eternauta. Created in Argentina, it was originally published in weekly installments in Hora Cero Suplemento Semanal (Zero Hour Weekly Supplement) from 1957 through 1959. Long-time comics readers will note multiple similarites between subject matter, thematic approach, cultural/political implications and artistic rendering style between The Eternaut and the classic EC science-fiction titles published a few years earlier, especially the stories featuring Al Williamson, Joe Orlando, Angelo Torres and Frank Frazetta. The huge difference here is that while all the EC comics stories were pithy shorts that ran for only seven or eight pages total, The Eternaut is a massive graphic novel running for hundreds of pages, and so is able to elaborate a vast multi-threaded plot structure, and delve much more deeply than any EC comic ever could. Check out this preview to see what we're talking about, then read up a bit on the history of this landmark work here.
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We have only just cracked this, so we're handing off to the Fantagraphics in-house promotional text:This is a psychedelically drawn, boldly political retelling of the 1950s graphic novel The Eternaut, whose imagery is still used as a symbol of resistance in Latin America to this day.
In the 1950s, pioneering comics writer Héctor Germán Oesterheld authored the serialized science-fiction adventure story The Eternaut, now a seminal Argentine graphic novel. In 1969, Oesterheld rebooted his narrative as a dark warning for a mature readership; Alberto Breccia manifested the tonal shift with an expressionistic, disorienting art style.
In The Eternaut 1969, a deadly "snow" falls. Juan Salvo’s small household of family and friends are spared, protected inside his home—but what horror awaits them in the silent, deserted streets of Buenos Aires? Venturing out in search of supplies, our everyday heroes soon join the resistance against an enemy far more sinister than anything they could have imagined.