Saturday, 24 January 2015
Finally located some primo examples of Enrique Romero's beautiful Supercats strip from girls' weekly Spellbound, detailing the adventures of space-travelling super teens Hercula, Fauna, Electra and...er...Helen.
There's not much to say for the stories, they do the job nicely enough, but the stories aren't why I read Supercats, and they're not why you'll read them. It's Enrique Romero we're here for.
Here's the thing though, this work might not even be by Romero. Apparently, Enrique's brother Jorge also did a ton of stuff for the British market under the name of Jorge B. Galvez, and it's next to impossible to find out who did what, particularly on this strip.
I'd say at a push, that the black & white story looks more like Axa, while the colour strip ( from one of the Diana annuals ) has subtle differences to Romero's style, but what do I know?
Originally, as you'll see from the colour pages, the gals were saddled with the distinctively un-groovy title The Fabulous Four. Thank god that didn't stick or they'd be even more obscure than they are now.
Both stories have incredibly stilted dialogue, suggesting they were badly translated from Spanish, but I think it's more likely they were done Marvel style ie. Romero had a basic script to work from that was then clumsily dialogued after. Axa was a bit like that too, so maybe that's the way he liked to work.
I'm surprised, in all these years, no enterprising Spanish publisher has asked Romero to bring the Supercats back, but then I'm surprised there isn't a ' best of ' as well. Back to scrawling round the net then...