Aventures et Mystère

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Aventures et Mystère was a French successful comic books series, printed in a large horizontal oblong format - usually called "The Italian format" - , which was published by Editions S.A.G.E (acronym for "Société Anonyme Générale d’Édition"), a Company which was until 1939 called Librairie Moderne and edited by Ettore Carozzo, on two distinct numbering separated by the onset of the Second World War. The series was mainly dedicated to American comics and reprints of The Phantom were published during these two periods.

History

First part of the publication (from 1938 to 1940):

The first series Aventures et Mystère began, in February 1938, with an issue devoted to The Phantom. In a total of 24 issues, The Phantom appears in 17 issues released publications issues, altering with Secret Agent X-9. It represents the first seven original American dailies stories. The issues were monthly published, with an irregular rhythm at the end of 1939 and in the first part of 1940 in reason of the events (economic restrictions following the war declaration). The last Phantom issue was published May 1940, just before the German invasion of the Northern part of France.

Second part of the publication (from 1947 to 1949):

This second part of the series received a new numbering and had a larger number of issues consisting of a whole set of 151 publications, even if it included only 14 of them for The Phantom adventures. Amongst those 14 issues, eight were however only pure reprints of the "Aventures et Mystère" pre-war releases. Once again, the first issue of the series was a Phantom publication. Five dailies stories and three Sunday pages of the original Phantom stories were published. A larger selection of comics was also represented, with classical comics such as "Mandrake the Magician", "Tim Tyler's Luck", "King of the Royal Mounted", "Amok", "Secret Agent X-9", "The Lone Ranger", and etc. In 1949, the editor choose to end the series and to publish the adventures of The Phantom in his own named-after series called Le Fantôme du Bengale, which abandoned the oblong format for a vertical format.

Similar covers between the two series can be easily distinguished. On the first series covers, the words "Publication mensuelle" ("Weekly published") - next to the number of publication - as well as the date of release (but not always) are written, when on the covers of the second series are only mentioned the number issue and the words "Prix (= price) 15 Francs".

Issue overview (two parts of the series combined)

1938
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
10 11
1939 12 14 16 18 20  
1940 21 23  
1947
1
2
3
4
7
8
17 19  
1948 66 68 70 71 73  
1949 99