Thursday, October 6, 2016

Selecoes De Terror, Pt. 1

SELECOES DE TERROR  1-10

Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika were 3 names used by the same small publisher in Brazil.  The work of artists Jayme Cortez & Miguel Penteado, they decided to form the company in 1959 after working several years for Editora De Selva, and getting tired of taking the bus to work while their bosses kept buying new cars.  Both Continental and Outubro turned out to be registered by other companies, causing years of legal hassles, before someone finally decided to rename it after their niece.  (You can't make up stuff like this.)  Sadly, around that time, Cortez & Penteado had a major falling-out, which saw Cortez going into advertising, while Penteado also left to form a new company of his own, Graphic Editora Penteado (GEP).  But while they were together, they produced some wonderful comics, many of them in the horror genre, each doing many gorgeous, stunning cover paintings!

After the 2 founders left, Taika continued for several years, though the quality of their printing dropped, the number of reprints increased, and a general sense of chaos prevailed.

I admit-- I've really become fascinated with this publisher, perhaps in part due to the aura of mystery surrounding them.  Which is to say, it's been extremely challenging compiling information about them, not to mention getting my hands on scans of their stories.

While Continental published a variety of genres, I think it's safe to say that HORROR was their big thing.  And their "main" title, the "anchor" for it, was SELECOES DE TERROR.  Whatever else might have been included over time, every issue featured DRACULA.  This was more than a decade before Marvel's more famous TOMB OF DRACULA with Gene Colan.  While relatively obscure outside of Brazil, I believe this series features quality writing & artwork, and deserves to be more well known worldwide.

By the way, your eyes are not deceiving you.  Quite a few covers are signed
"M. Penteado".  Do not be fooled.  They are ALL the work of Jayme Cortez,
for reasons I have been sworn not to pass on.  I'm not kidding.  ENJOY!

SELECOES DE TERROR  1
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1959)
     "THE RETURN OF DRACULA"
SELECOES DE TERROR  2
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1959)
     (not yet available)
SELECOES DE TERROR  3
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1959)
     "THE REVENGE OF DRACULA"
SELECOES DE TERROR  4
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1959)
     "BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE"
SELECOES DE TERROR  5
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1959)
     "THE SHADOW OF DRACULA"
SELECOES DE TERROR  6
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1959)
     "THE CURSE OF DRACULA"
SELECOES DE TERROR  7
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1959)
     "DRACULA ATTACKS!"
SELECOES DE TERROR  8
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1960)
     "THE VICTIMS OF DRACULA"
SELECOES DE TERROR  9
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1960)
     "THE LEGION OF DRACULA"
SELECOES DE TERROR  10
cover by JAYME CORTEZ MARTINS   (Editora Continental  /  Brazil  /  1960)
     "THE CASTLE OF DRACULA"
Copyright (C) Jayme Cortez Martins  &  Editora Continental.

Scan of SELECOES DE TERROR #1
     from the Casa Do Gibi site.
Scans of SELECOES DE TERROR #3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 9
     from the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
Scan of SELECOES DE TERROR #8
     from the Mercado Livre site.
Scan of SELECOES DE TERROR #10
     from the Guia Dos Quadrinhos database site
     with special thanks to Fablo Barbosa.

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about Editora Continental / Outubro / Taika at Guia Dos Quadrinhos.
Read about Jayme Cortez Martins at Wikipedia.
Read about Jayme Cortez Martins at Bigorna.net.

Visit the Jayme Cortez blog!

See more covers from Editora Outubro at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.
See more covers from Editora Taika at the Nostalgia Do Terror site.


(Continued in Selecoes De Terror, Pt. 2)

2 comments:

  1. Hello friend Henry,
    Congratulations on your blog initiative to disseminate this period and these great artists as you put it aptly performed a wonderful job; long before the great work done by the brilliant Gene Colan in his "Dracula's Tomb."
    these covers of Jayme Cortez actually conveyed an atmosphere of mystery and terror. It's really strange to find the covers signing Miguel Penteado.
    Congratulations on your idea and maybe we will find on your blog, scans these incredible magazines!

    hug

    Sabino

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  2. Congratulations on your new blog! I have been following your work on compiling the Poe adaptations, and I'm sure Prof H.'s House of Horrors will be fascinating as well.

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