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Cuban Comics Collection

Identifier: MSS 0622

Scope and Content

This collection contains original comic books published by the Editorial Pablo de La Torriente, in la Havana, Cuba. The collection includes copies of ¡Aventuras!, Historietas, Comicos,Zunzún,Chico Taino,Clo-Tilde, Muñequitos, and Pablo, as well as two special editions:Cuando Ché era Ernestito, and A Vuelta de Página. Cuando Ché era Ernestito is dedicated to Guevara’s childhood and early years. The book contains family photos, including photographs with his mother at three months old, anecdotes, reminiscences about Guevara from his father, and many more details about Guevara’s upbringing and family life.A Vuelta de Página, dedicated to Ubaldo Ceballos López, a Cuban artist, painter, and illustrator, features several of his stories, including multiple issues ofJuan Montes el Guerrillero, and the complete version ofDe Mortius.Muñequitos and Zunzún were publications for children and contain a variety of stories and educational activities.

The collection contains the work of cartoonists Quino, Lillo, and Carlos Giménez, including Paracuellos, his well-known autobiographical work.


  • Creation: 1965 - 1996

Language of material

Includes materials written in Spanish and English.


The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Cuban Comics Collection contains comics that were published and created between 1965 and 1996. Some of the books are commemorative and include previously printed editions. The collection contains work done by artists such as Argentinian Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, known as "Quino", the creator of Mafalda, and Carlos Giménez, from Spain, creator of Paracuellos, a landmark work that was an autobiographical series that touched upon his childhood experiences after the Spanish Civil War.

The themes contained in the collection are many and diverse, from humor, to satire, to the literary in the form of adaptations of literary stories, as well as themes of historical and political interest such as the Cuban Revolution and its ideals, and Ernesto Che Guevara. The children’s comic books contain entertaining, as well as educational stories and activities, that reflect the values considered important for children growing up in Cuba. The timespan of the collection covers the early years of Cuba after the revolution, to the years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, an event that greatly affected the Cuban economy. There is a thematic and stylistic continuity that showcases the humor, political, cultural, and intellectual life of post-revolutionary Cuba that remains consistent throughout the passage of time that is reflected in the comic books.


.41 Linear Feet (1 box.)


Cuban comic books published between 1965 to 1996 that cover a wide range of topics and styles, for adults and children.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Other Finding Aids

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased at Wonderful Memorabilia.

A Guide to the Cuban Comics Collection
Finding aid created by Martha Kapelewski
June 2023
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America