Fantomas

Notes from Friends of Fantômas

Eugenio González writes: I visited your site trying to find something about the Fantomas comic books but it seems you're not familiar with them. These comics were made by Latin American people, quite possibly Mexicans (I assume this because that's where I am from and where they were made), in the late sixties - early seventies, and although the main character (Fantomas that is) is also a high class thief, it differs greatly from the original for what I just have seen in your site. I don't know if it's based on the original novels with permission from the copyright owners or if it's just a total rip-off.

This one always wears white mask and gloves, no one knows his identity or where he comes from, and nobody has ever seen his face. His hideout is a sort of batcave à la James Bond, with state-of-the-art technology near Paris, with all kinds of transportation (including several airplanes and even rocket ships) and with hundreds of people under his command, specially beautiful ladies which are named after constellations, and a pet cat named Yago. He's an art lover and would do anything to prevent paintings from getting harmed, but he also steals many of them.

Unlike the original Fantômas, he tries not to hurt people and helps the needy and contributes to society, which respects him and admires him even though they know he's a criminal. His principal enemy is also a detective, but named Gerard and not Juve. The quality of the drawing of this comics is not very good but the stories are pretty interesting.

I've been trying to find something more about the authors of this comics but is very hard because I'm not sure if they're from here (Mexico) and the company that published them disappeared many years ago and I don't know how to contact them.

According to collector Manuel Antonio Zamorano Cruz, the publisher of the Mexican Fantomas comic books in the 1960s and 70s was Editorial Novaro. They stopped publishing comic books years ago; however, they may still have some information about the series. You may also want to check out the note from Manuel Camacho.

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