The Benson Latin American Collection

Caridad Blanco Collection of Cuban Comic Books / Historietas Cubanas



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Blanco, Caridad
Title: Caridad Blanco Collection of Cuban Comic Books / Historietas Cubanas
Dates: 1937-2019
Abstract: This collection consists of a combination of stand-alone comics and newspaper supplements representing Cuban comic history from the 1937 through 2018.
Accession No.: 2018-38
Extent: 11 linear feet
Language: Spanish, Czech
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Caridad Blanco is a Cuban writer, artist, curator, and an expert in Cuban humor and historietas/comics. She was born in 1961 in Havana, Cuba, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Havana in 1984 and a Master's degree in Art History in 2002. She is active in the art world in Havana being both an art curator and an adjunct at the University of Havana. She has published many exhibition catalogs and in the last year she has published a book of Santiago Armada's work, called Salomon, and Other Narrations: A Decade of Independent Animation, and has also published extensively on Cuban Historietas for the past 20 years. She has won numerous awards throughout her career for her exhibition work including the Premio de la UNEAC y la Fundación Peter Ludwig de Cuba and the Premio Crítica de Artes “Guy Pérez de Cisneros” Premio Nacional de Curaduría.


Scope and Contents Note

This collection is a combination of stand-alone comics and newspaper supplements consisting of over 700 pieces ranging from 1937 to 2018. There are examples of important and relatively unique materials from Cuban comic history from the 1930's on, though the majority of the materials are from post-revolution Cuba. Some of the more frequent and well-known titles include ¡Aventuras!, Bijirita, C-Línea, Zunzún, Dedeté, Mella, Muñe, Pionero, Pásalo, and Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta. The oldest title in the collection is Diario de la Marina, the copies of this title ranging from 1937 to 1939.

Overall, the materials are in relatively good shape, though the oldest items have discoloration and are flaking and torn common to materials of that age from Cuba, especially the newspaper examples. There are some items that are not complete and have been marked as such. The items in boxes 1-9 are arranged in alphabetical order by title. The items that are considered oversized (boxes 10-13) are alphabetical starting from Box 10.

This collection also contains a sizable amount of digital files in relation to Caridad Blanco's exhibition work ranging from 1991-2018. The digital collection includes catalogs, advertisements, articles, reviews, research materials, presentation text, exhibition images, photography, audio clips, digital video clips, and flash animation. For access to these materials, please contact an archivist from the Benson Latin American Collection.


Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in two series:
Series 1: Comic Books / Historietas Cubanas, 1937-2018
Series 2: Art Exhibition Catalogs with contributions by Caridad Blanco, 1992-2017

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Castro, Fidel, 1926-2016.
Cruz, Roberto Alfonso, 1937-
Guevara, Che, 1928-1967.
Oliver, Jorge, 1947-
Padrón, Ernesto.
Sosa, Luis Lorenzo, 1937-2001.
Suárez, Orestes, 1950-
Subjects
Cuban fiction.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Fantasy fiction, Cuban.
Graphic novels.
Young adult fiction, Cuban.
Places
Cuba.

Related Material

Cuban Comic Books and Graphic Fiction Collection

Libros Latinos Latino Comics Collection

Puerto Rican Pop Culture Collection


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Caridad Blanco Collection of Cuban Comic Books / Historietas Cubanas, Benson Latin American Collection, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Purchase.

Accession numbers: 2018-38

Processing Information

Collection processed by Gilbert Borrego, 2019.

Additions

No further materials are expected for this collection.


Box and Folder Inventory

Comic Books / Historietas Cubanas, 1937-2018, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Anti-Comics, no. 7 [?], undated
2 ¡Aventuras!, nos. 1-16, 18-22, undated, 1965 August-November, undated, 1966 January-1967 March
3 ¡Aventuras!, no. 17, 1966 October
4 Bijirita, nos. 1-4, 1985
5 Bijirita, nos. 5-8, 1986
6 Bijirita, nos. 9-12, 1987
7 Bijirita, nos. 14-15, 18, 20, 1988-1989
8 Bijirita, nos. 21-23, 1990
9 C-Línea, nos. 1-3, 1973, 1973 June, 1973 September
10 C-Línea, nos. 4-5, 1973 December, undated
11 C-Línea, nos. 6-7, undated
12 C-Línea, nos. 8-9, undated
13 C-Línea, nos. 10-11, undated
14 C-Línea, no. 14, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Historietas de Elpidio Valdés, 1985
2 Historietas de Naoh, 1985
3 Historietas de Capitán Plin, 1985
4 Historietas de Mowgli, 1986
5 Matías Pérez, 1986
6 Gómez General en Jefe, 1986
7 Timur y su Pandilla, 1986
8 Cómicos, nos. 1, 9, 15, 1985 December, 1986, 1987
9 Cómicos, no. 2, 1988
10 Cómicos, nos. 1, 8, 1989
11 Cómicos, no. 9, 1989
12 Cómicos, no. 4, 1990
13 Dedeté Lapiztola, 1992 August
14 Din Don, nos. 4-5, 1966
15 Din Don, nos. 6, 8, 1966
16 Din Don, nos. 9-10, 1966-1967
17 El Enigma, no. 1, 1986 June
18 El Enigma, nos. 2-3, 1986 September, 1987 March
19 El Enigma, nos. 5-6 1987 July-September, 1987 October-December
Box Folder
3 1 Fantasticos, El Explorador Mechanico, undated
2 Historietas, Hoity Toity, Luis Lorenzo, 1977
3 Historietas, Hoity Toity, Visitantes de Otro Mundo, Espartaco Jibaro, Luis Lorenzo, 1987 October
4 Historietas, A solas con el enemigoYury Dold-Mijáilik, 1987 November
5 Historietas, Aventuras de Sherlock Holmes, Domingo García, 1987 November
6 Historietas, Supertiñosa, Virgilio Martínez Gainza, 1988 February
7 Historietas, Nobi, Roberto Alfonso Cruz, 1988 February
8 Historietas, Manuel, Manuel Hernandez, 1988 March
9 Historietas, Matías Pérez y otras Aventuras, Luis Lorenzo, 1988 March
10 Historietas, Univerzoo, Luis Bencomo Guzmán, 1988 October
11 Historietas, Aventuras en la Isla del Coco, Jorge Oliver, 1988
12 Historietas, Los Cosmonautas Gemelos y Otras Historietas, Emilio Fernández Franco, 1988
13 Historietas, A solas con el enemigo (final)Yury Dold-Mijáilik, 1989 January
14 Historietas, Yeyín, Ernesto Padrón, 1989
15 Historietas, Aventuras de Sherlock Holmes, vol. 3, Domingo García, 1989
16 Historietas, Yakro, Orestes Suarez, 1990
17 La Picúa, nos. 1-2, 2001
18 La Picúa, no. 1, 2004
19 La Picúa, no. 1 [2 copies], no. 2, 2006
Box Folder
4 1 Mella, no. 201, 1962 January 15
2 Mella, no. 202, 1962 February 14
3 Mella, no. 205, 1962 May
4 Mella, undated
5 Mella Suplemento, nos. 50-51, nos. 53-55, undated
6 Mella Suplemento, no. 58, no. 60, nos. 63-65, undated
7 Mella Suplemento, nos. 66-67, no. 70, nos. 75-76, undated
8 Mella Suplemento, nos. 77-80, no. 82, undated
9 Mella Suplemento, no. 83, nos. 85-88, undated
10 Mella Suplemento, nos. 89-94, undated
11 Mi Barrio, nos. 0-1, 1996 September, 1997 January
12 Mi Barrio, nos. 2-3, 1997 March-April, 1997 September-October
13 Minihistorietas, Ronín Samurai Errante, Luis Lorenzo, undated
14 Minihistorietas, Sherlock Holmes, Domingo García, undated
15 Múnequitos, no. 5, nos. 7-8, 1965 October, 1965 December, 1966 January
16 Múnequitos, nos. 12-14, 1966 May-June
17 Múnequitos, nos. 15-17, 1966 August-October
18 Múnequitos, nos. 18-19, 1966 November-December
19 Pablo, no. 1, 1988
20 Pablo, no. 2, 1989
21 Pablo, no. 1, 1990
Box Folder
5 1 Pásalo, no. 1, no. 6, no. 9, [unnumbered], undated, 1981-1982
2 Pásalo, nos. 10-17, 1983-1984
3 Pásalo, untitled, Viaje de exploracion a un Extrano Dibujo, El Planeta Dividido, undated
4 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 1: no. 1, vol. 2: no. 5, 2001 April, 2002 March
5 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 2: no. 6, vol. 2: no. 7, 2002 June, 2002 September
6 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 2: no. 8, vol. 3: no. 9, 2002 December, 2003 March
7 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 3: no. 10, vol. 3: no. 11, 2003 June, 2003 September
8 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 4: no. 14, vol. 4: no. 15, 2004 June, 2004 September
9 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 4: no. 16, vol. 5: no. 17, 2004 December, 2005 March
10 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 5: no. 18, vol. 5: no. 19, 2005 June, 2005 September
11 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 5: no. 20, vol. 6: no. 21, 2005 December, 2006 March
12 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 6: no. 22, vol. 6: no. 23, 2006 June, 2006 September
13 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 6: no. 24, vol. 7: no. 25, 2006 December, 2007 March
14 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 7: no. 26, vol. 7: no. 27, 2007 June, 2007 September
15 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 7: no. 28, vol. 8: no. 29, 2007 December, 2008 March
16 Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Sobre la Historieta, vol. 8: no. 30, vol. 8: no. 31, 2008 June, 2008 September
Box Folder
6 1 Sedmička, nos. 4-6, 1971 September 23, 1971 September 30, 1971 October 7
2 Sedmička, nos. 7-9, 1971 October 14, 1971 October 21, 1971 October 28
3 Sedmička, nos. 13-15, 1971 November 25, 1971 December 2, 1971 December 9
4 Supervivo, 2017 October, 2018 August
5 Zunzún, nos. 1-3, 1980 October-December
6 Zunzún, nos. 4-6, 1981 January-February, 1981 July
7 Zunzún, nos. 7-10, 1981-1982
8 Zunzún, nos. 11-14, 1982
9 Zunzún, nos. 15-18, 1982
10 Zunzún, nos. 19-22, 1982-1983
11 Zunzún, nos. 23-26, 1983
12 Zunzún, nos. 27-30, 1983-1984
13 Zunzún, nos. 31-34, 1984
14 Zunzún, nos. 35-38, 1984
15 Zunzún, nos. 39-42, 1984
16 Zunzún, nos. 43-46, 1985
17 Zunzún, nos. 47-50, 1985
18 Zunzún, nos. 51-54, 1985, 1985, 1986 January-February
Box Folder
7 1 Zunzún, nos. 55-58, 1986 March-July
2 Zunzún, nos. 59-62, 1986 August-December
3 Zunzún, especial-Dia de los Niños, nos. 63-65, 1986, 1987 January-March
4 Zunzún, nos. 66-68, no. 70, 1987 April-June, 1987 August
5 Zunzún, nos. 71-74, 1987 September-December
6 Zunzún, nos. 75-78, 1988 March-June
7 Zunzún, nos. 79-82, 1988 July-October
8 Zunzún, nos. 83-86, 1988 November-December, 1989 January-February
9 Zunzún, nos. 87-90, 1989 March-June
10 Zunzún, nos. 91-93, especial, 1989 July-October, 1989
11 Zunzún, nos. 94-97, 1990 January-April
12 Zunzún, nos. 98-101, 1990 May-June, 1990 May-June, 1991 January-February
13 Zunzún, nos. 102-103, nos. 105-106, 1991 March-April, 1991 June-July
14 Zunzún, nos. 108-110, no. 300, 1991 September-November, 2012 October
Box Folder
8 1 Zunzún, Cuando Che Era Ernestito, especial, 1983
2 Zunzún, Héroes de la Patría, colectivo de Zunzún, 1985
3 Zunzún, Pepi Martí, colectivo de Zunzún, 1988
4 Zunzún, Aventuras en Cuadritos, colectivo de Zunzún, 1993
5 Zunzún, "La Emboscada", biblioteca Zunzún, 1997
6 Zunzún, Alejo Carpentier, tu amigo, plegable Zunzún, undated
7 Playa Girón, 1961
8 Gagarin Conquistador del Espacio, 1961 July
9 La Sublevación de los Vegueros, 1962 April
10 Anapito y Cafetón, 1967 January
11 Santana y Limindoux, 1974
12 Galileo, 1974 November
13 Aventuras de Elpidio Valdés, 1979
14 Chicho Durañón, 1982
15 Las Adventuras de Cucho, 1984
16 La Historia de Elpidio Valdés, 1987
17 Del Lejano Oeste Se Busca, 1987
18 Selección de Verdugos, 1989
19 El Laborante, 2003
20 Padre Félix Varela "El Santo Cubano", 2004
21 Yari, 2004, 2005
22 José Martí, ése soy yo, 2005
23 Pablo un Hombre de Acción, 2006
24 Destellos de un Titán, 2006
25 Che nada más, 2007
26 Cine Cubano, no. 168, 2008 April-June
27 Rebelión, 2009
28 El Invento, no. 0, 2012 August
29 "Homenaje a René de la Nuez por su 75 cumpleaños" by Samuel Hernández Dominicis, 2012
30 Guillermón Moncada. El gigante de Oriente, 2017
31 La gaceta de Cuba 2018 March
Box Folder
9 1 La Historia de la Aviación, undated
2 La Defensa de Bayamo, undated
3 Naoh contra de León de las Cavernas, undated
4 La Belle Durmiente, undated
5 La Gloria presenta Cruz Diablo, [stamp book], undated
6 Un Viaje Alrededor del Mundo, [stamp book], undated
7 Matilda y sus Amigos, undated
8 [Guarapito and Don Canuto], undated
9 [Pol Brix], undated
Box Folder
10 1 Colorín, nos. 9-13, undated
2 Colorín, nos. 14-15, 17, 19, 23, undated
3 Dedeté, no. 10, nos. 314-315, no. 319, nos. 321-322, nos. 324-325, no. 327, nos. 329-334, 1969 July 1, 1982-1983
4 Dedeté, no. 335, no. 338, no. 343, nos. 345-346, nos. 348-349, no. 353, no. 358, no. 360, no. 363, nos. 368-369, no. 371, nos. 373-377, undated
5 Dedeté, nos. 24-26, nos. 28-29, no. 33, nos.37-38, nos. 40-55, nos. 57-59, nos. 61-82, nos. 84-90, 1987[?]-1989
6 Dedeté, no. 82, nos. 91-116, 1990
7 Dedeté, no. 7, nos. 7-10, no. 12, no. 16, no. 21, no. 23, nos. 25-26, nos. 28-34, no. 37, nos. 39-40, numero especial, 1999-2010
8 Dedeté, no. 45, nos. 48-50, nos. 52-53, nos. 55-56, nos. 59-60, nos. 64-66, nos. 69-70, no. 74, 2011-2014
Box Folder
11 1 Diario de la Marina, 1937 April 18 - 1939 February 5
2 Muñe, nos. 1-11, no. 4, no. 6, no. 8, nos. 11-14, no. 16, no. 18, no. 20, no. 12, no. 15, nos. 19-20, no. 7, no. 11, undated, 1988-1990
3 Pionero, [unnumbered], no. 137, undated, 1962-2010
4 Sable, no. 3, no. 5, no. 12, no. 40, nos. 42-43, 1965-1966
5 Enfoque, no. 17, 2003
6 Hoy, [Dibujos en Hoy], [Hoy Infantil], undated
7 La Calle del Medio, nos. 1-7, no. 9 [duplicate], nos. 11-12, no. 18, no. 20, nos. 24-27, 2008-2010
8 La Calle del Medio, no. 28, no. 30, nos. 33-39, no. 42, nos. 49-54, 2010-2012
Box Folder
12 1 La Chicharra, no. 8, no. 11, no. 14, 1968-1969
2 La Hiena Triste, no. 2, no. 1, 1988, 1989
3 Melaito, 1985 February [?], 2009-2011
4 Mella, no. 270, 1964 May 4
5 Mella Suplemento Grafico, no. 1, no. 3, no. 10, nos. 12-16, undated
6 Mella Suplemento Grafico, nos. 19-20, no. 22, no. 30, no. 32, no. 34, no. 48, undated
7 Muñequitos de Revolución, 1965 April 26, 1965 May 17, 1965 June 7
8 La Picúa, no. 1, 2011
9 La Chicharra, undated
10 Palante, [unnumbered], no. 40, no. 54, 1968 October 10, 1978 July 14, 1986 October 13
Box Folder
13 1 Pionero Semanario Infantil, [unnumbered], no. 5. nos. 288-291, nos. 294-295, nos. 297-299, no. 329, undated, 1970-1971
2 Pionero Semanario Infantil, no. 333, no. 340, nos. 421-426, nos. 491-496, no. 500, no. 550-551, undated, 1971-1975
3 Pionero Semanario Infantil, nos. 552-559, nos. 631-638, undated, 1975-1976
4 Zig Zag, [unnumbered], no. 946, no. 1058, 1957 January 19, 1959 March 14, undated
5 El Mayor, 1988 May 11
6 Yarí, Roberto Alfonso Cruz, undated
7 Aventuras de Yeyín, Ernesto Padrón Blanco, undated
8 El Tesoro del Capitan Plin, [2 posters], undated
9 [Compilation of 5 Historieta Titles] 1974-1976
Ronin, nos. 507-516, 1974
Capitán Fabrico, nos. 552-560, 1975
Matías Pérez Contra Kuantrespit, nos. 660-674, 1977
Plutonia, nos. 580-608, 1976
Matías Pérez, nos. 613-621, 1976



Art Exhibition Catalogs with contributions by Caridad Blanco, 1992-2019

Box Folder
9 10 The Unknown Face of Cuban Art, 1992
11 Tamayo Los Caprichos Felices, 2003
12 17 Bienal Internacional de Humor Gráfico, 2011
13 Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales catalogs, 1991-2011
14 Announcements, 2012-2016
15 Salomón, Chago, 2017
16 Los flujos de la imagen: Una década de animación independiente en Cuba (2003-2013), 2019