Les héros de l'aventure

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Les héros de l'aventure (entitled Classiques de l'aventure during the first sixteen issues, thereafter Héros de l'aventure up to #32) was the monthly French version of the Italian I Classici dell'Avventura series, published by Fratelli Spada.

History

78 issues were published between July 1964 and April 1971, each one 100 pages. Unsold copies were later glued together with a new outer cover and sold as "albums". A total of 19 albums, containing the first 57 issues, were published.

Five unnumbered special issues of 132 pages were also published in 1967 and 1968, to coincide with French school holidays. At least one album with some of these extra holidays issues was later released under the generic title of "Sélection Héros de l'aventure".

The series was mainly devoted to The Phantom which appeared in every issue; a separate and similar publication, called Les héros du mystère, was dedicated to Mandrake the Magician. The original Italian series had many more issues but featured both The Phantom and Mandrake under the I classici dell'avventura title.

The French series was published by Les Editions des Remparts, a French comics publisher based in Lyon, but it was printed in Italy by Fratelli Spada. It was also occasionally distributed in Quebec, Canada by Presses Selection Limitée in Montreal.

Some issues featured dailies and Sundays, from Ray Moore to Sy Barry, and others featured original Fratelli Spada stories. The cover artwork was the same as its Italian counterpart.

Generally The Phantom story occupied only 30 or 40 pages and the remaining pages were devoted to other comics, including "Tim Tyler's Luck", "Rip Kirby", "Steve Canyon", "King of the Royal Mounted" and others. Like in Italy, The Phantom's costume was colored in red.

A series with a larger format and entitled Héros de l'aventure Spécial was published in 1969 by Les Editions des Remparts. However, despite the title similarity, it was not at all devoted to The Phantom but only featured war and western comics from Fratelli Spada's home-made material.

Issue overview

Regular series

1964 1 2 3 4 5 6  
1965 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
1966 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
1967 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
1968 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52  
1969 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62  
1970 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70  
1971 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78  

Albums regular series

1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19  


Extra issues

1967 Easter 1967 Summer 1967 Christmas 1967
1968 Easter 1968 Christmas 1968  

Album extra issues

1 2

See also