Clasicos Marvel by Carlos Pacheco
So let me start by once again thanking Jean-François for giving us a great column for 3 months and something to make Mondays more interesting. As I mentioned last week I will be taking over this column and will try to alternate articles about Spanish reprints of days past (don't worry, they have variant covers) and more general ones in classic Foreign Delicacies style.
The whole point of doing the classic Spanish editions is that I think you will be surprised at the amount (and sometimes quality) of those old foreign covers. Also, if you don't know the Vértice editions that introduced Marvel comics in Spain … boy, are you in for a treat!
To avoid head explosions, we will start easy with some reprints from the late 80s / early 90s. The publisher with the Marvel rights at the time, Comics Forum (the comic-publishing branch of Editorial Planeta – DeAgostini), started a series called Clásicos Marvel.
The standard Forum issue was printed at a slightly larger size than the US originals and was 36 pages long, each issue containing 1.5 issues of a series (or just an issue of the main series and half an issue of another series as the backup). If any of the reprinted issues was longer than 32 pages, it was cut in half and the story continued in the next issue, which would require a new cover. Enter: Carlos Pacheco, who started getting work in Forum doing covers and pin-ups that were printed as posters.
The idea behind Clásicos Marvel was to reprint some classic arcs that had already been published in Spain by previous Marvel publishers for them to be available to younger readers (like myself) and also in a proper format (again, you will understand why when we take a look at some of those early Spanish editions in upcoming weeks). The series run for 41 issues (and 6 specials), and while at the beginning the covers were just a rehash of interior art with the Marvel 25th Anniversary frame, something happened starting with #8: Forum got Carlos Pacheco to do the covers.
I know what you are thinking right now: ‘get us to the covers already' and they are coming soon and they are a lot, so just bear with me for another second … I am going to focus on the Clásicos Marvel series because that's where Pacheco's output was the biggest. In other series he would draw a cover here and there. Also, these are my favorite … In fact, some of them might well be my favorite Pachecho work.
Other well-known artists that got their start at Forum are Salvador Larroca (never did covers, but lots of one-pagers and posters), Javier Pulido and, surprisingly, Blacksad‘s Juanjo Guarnido. Let me know in the comments section if you would like to see more Pacheco variants. Will probably do Guarnido at some point in the future too.
Congrats if you made it all the way down here, here's your reward: