ALBUM DE LA REVOLUCION CUBANA 1952-1959 Textos, J.M. Picart, Mario Jiménez ; dibujos por Capdevila
Place Published: La Habana
Publisher: Revista Cinegráfico
Date Published: (1959)
Condition: (small bumping at margins corners o/w almost fine, without the normal chipping seen on most copies and very clean)
Book Id: 108135
271 Mounted illustrations (collectors cards) throughout, Original color illustrated wrappers
Originally issued as a supplement to the magazine "Cinegrafica" is a strikingly composed piece of propanda. This scarce item, in all its comic book art glory, was intended to introduce children (and the semi-literate) to the revolutionary spirit of Cuba "sin pretensiones literarias." Children were to assemble the album with the cards found in their packages of Felices caramels. It was surely a laborious process as the album requires 271 cards to fill the captioned windows. (This example is complete.) The level of violence is shocking: explosions, mangled wreckage, pools of blood, gunshot wounds and dead bodies abound. There is even the hint of rape in one scene. The album also portrays the revolutionary struggle and its participants in a heroic light. The cover depicts battle on air, land, and sea with Fidel Castro in the foreground and the spirit of Lenin looming in the clouds. There is a two-page spread of 16 of the top revolutionaries including Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Opens with the Coup of March 10, in which Batista overthrew the Prio regime. Fidel Castro first appears with card 17 and the attack on Cuartel Moncada in Santiago de Cuba. Considering the fragility of the materials and its intended audience, this example is in remarkable condition. Only one example appears in American Book Auction Records.