Between the years 1986 and 1990, the Editorial Pablo de la Torriente produced an excellent comic´s magazine for young people. The monthly 47 pages were full of intelligence, humor and mastery.
It was not only created by scriptwriters, sketch artists, writers and Cuban illustrators, but also by outstanding professionals of the comics field such as Carlos Giménez from Spain, Quino, Carlos Sampayo and José Muñoz from Argentina. They conquered the Cuban readers with their art.
One of its best representative cartoons of the Cuban people is Rompecoco, the brave mambi cook created by Tulio Raggi and Juan Padrón.In its pages we can find Vitralitos (Little Stained-Glass Windows) by Jorge Luis Guerra and Orestes Suárez, Matojo and Lillo´s great ideas, and El cuento (The Story) by Félix Guerra and Muñoz Bachs.
Also, we can find Supertiñosa (Super Vulture) by Marcos Behmaras and Virgilio Martinez, and Alona coming from the hand of Rafael Morante. We can enjoy with Martirena and his Cuban humo; and Los Microbios (The Microbes), a pair of ingenious characters created by Pedro.We can find unforgettable comics like Yami, an independent woman, created by Cecilo Aviles; Holmos and his detective cases according to Alven and Evora; Las Melli (The Twins), two creole sisters by Wilson, and Camila, an excess of action and talent by Manolo Pérez and Orestes Suárez.
Also, we must allude to Matías Pérez and Tatácora and under the inspiration of Luis Lorenzo; Fefo the Storyteller by Manolo Pérez and Mederos; and varied stories of Mirta and Emilio based on African legends and deities.
A small but very efficient team coordinated the whole process of realization and editing of each issue. The journalist Irma Armas directed the editorial and the magazine, the strip cartoonist Francisco Blanco did the editing, Jorge Luis Guerra was in charge of production, Hubert Delestre did the graphic design and some of the cover illustrations. Felix Arencibia was the photo editor, and the advisory board which was integrated by Virgilio Martínez, Manuel Lamar, Cecilio Avilés, Manolo Pérez and Luis Lorenzo effected an important collaboration.
Every month, the 50 000 printouts were quickly bought in the newsstands by a young, comic-loving audience. Many of those young people who were faithful followers are now designers and illustrators that acknowledge that this magazine was an influential source of inspiration in their professional life.