Global licensing of literary and artistic works has been a key part of mass-market pop culture publishing ever since international agreements governing copyright such as the Berne Convention began to gain acceptance. and adapted in the 1880s. Comic book material has long enjoyed worldwide popularity, and the Golden and Silver Ages of comics saw many popular North American comic book stories published on many many international markets. Brazil has long been an important market for this type of material, and the publisher Editora Brasil – América Limitada (founded in 1945 and generally known as EBAL) has been at the forefront of publishing comic books such as Marvel, DC Comics, and Disney, among others, for decades. In 1969, EBAL launched the Brazilian edition of amazing spider man series, called O Homem-Aranha. International editions of key comics have grown in popularity with collectors in recent times, both for their rarity compared to their North American counterparts and due to the growing worldwide popularity of many comic book characters. Spider-Man has long enjoyed such worldwide popularity, and the GSC’s top-rated copies of The Amazing Spider-Man (O Homem-Aranha) #1-3 The Brazilian editions (Editora Brasil-America, 1969) are auctioned in the September 8-11, 2022 Signature® Comic Book & Comic Book Auction #7279 heritage auction.
Founder of EBAL Adolfo Aizen is considered the father of comic books in Brazil for his role in introducing the country to North American comic book properties. In 1934, working with the newspaper In NacaoAizen launched the weekly comic in tabloid format O Suplemento Infantile. Aizen quickly took over the series using publishing company Grande Consórcio Suplementos Nacionais and renamed it O Suplemento Juvenil. The title quickly featured a wide array of popular North American comics such as Flash Gordon, Donald Duck, Tarzan, and many more. From 1939 to the early 1940s, the titles of the Grande Consórcio Suplementos Nacionais such as Mirim and O Lobinho material published by Fox Feature Syndicate and DC Comics. Aizen’s next company, EBAL, released an incredible line of comics shortly after its founding in 1945 and well beyond. O Heroi was a popular EBAL comic book title launched in the Golden Age, featuring material from various publishers including Fiction House, Avon, and Magazine Enterprises. Beginning in 1969 and later, EBAL began publishing Silver Age Marvel material in titles like O Homem-Aranha, Capitao America (Captain America), Fantastic Quartet (Fantastic Four), and many others, and continued to publish material from numerous North American and UK publishers into the 1970s. long after Aizen’s death in 1991.
In particular, while the content of O Homem-Aranha #1-3 correspond to the covers of Amazing Spider-Man #1-3these three EBAL issues also serialize the Spider-Man vs. Sandman story of Amazing Spider-Man #4 through these first three issues of EBAL editions as backup stories. In recent times there has been a growing awareness of international publishing comics like communities and experts started sharing and gathering information about publishers and titles. There are only a handful of copies of each of these numbers in the CGC census, but the top-rated copies by the CGC The Amazing Spider-Man (O Homem-Aranha) #1-3 The Brazilian editions (Editora Brasil-America, 1969) are auctioned in the September 8-11, 2022 Signature® Comic Book & Comic Book Auction #7279 heritage auction.
The Amazing Spider-Man (O Homem-Aranha) #1 Brazilian edition (Editora Brasil-America, 1969) CGC VF+ 8.5 Cream to off-white pages. O Homem-Aranha #1. Reprints the American edition of The Amazing Spider-Man #1. Cover art by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Ditko art. First appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and the Chameleon. First crossing of the Fantastic Four. Spider-Man’s origin retold. Not listed in Overstreet. Tied for the highest score from CGC with another copy. CGC 7/22 Census: 2 out of 8.5, no superior.
The Amazing Spider-Man (O Homem-Aranha) #2 Brazilian edition (Editora Brasil-America, 1969) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off White to White Pages. O Homem-Aranha #2. Reprints amazing spider man #2, the first appearance of the Vulture (Adrian Toomes) and the Terrible Handyman (Phineas Mason). Cover and illustration by Steve Ditko. The highest rated copy on CGC’s current census for the issue. Not listed in Overstreet. CGC 7/22 Census: 1 in 8.5, no higher.
The Amazing Spider-Man (O Homem-Aranha) #3 Brazilian edition (Editora Brasil-America, 1969) CGC FN+ 6.5 Off-white to white pages. O Homem-Aranha #3. Reprints amazing spider man #3, the origin and first appearance of Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius). Appearance of the Human Torch. Cover and illustration by Steve Ditko. The highest rated copy of only two on CGC’s current census. Not listed in Overstreet. CGC 7/22 Census: 1 in 6.5, no higher.
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