Les héros de l'aventure
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.
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.
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.
Albums regular series
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|1968||Easter 1968||Christmas 1968|
Album extra issues