This version featured artwork by Alberto Breccia , who drew the story in an experimental and unique style diverging from the original expression. It was first published on May 29, in the weekly Gente. Disturbed by the Dirty War and political repression of the period, Oesterheld criticized the dictatorship. He placed himself as a narrating character within the story. Having joined the banned leftist organization Montoneros with his daughters, Oesterheld wrote the chapters from hidden locations. He disappeared in
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Create New "We were Robinsons that, instead of being trapped in an island, were isolated in our home. It was not the ocean that surrounded us, but death itself. And maybe Cybersix , assuming people remember it was an Argentinian comic book. The story is set about a decade into the future where a deadly snowfall suddenly strikes.
The protagonist - who along with his family and a few friends was sheltered safely at home - must then try to survive in the new desolate and hostile environment: finding rations to live, avoiding all contact with this fluorescent snow that kills everything it comes in contact with, and, most importantly, battling fear, desperation and the potential threat of fellow human survivors.
As the story progresses, the real cause of the snowfall is revealed and the protagonist is quickly drafted into a makeshift resistance army. Advertisement: Widely considered a masterpiece, its reading is highly suggested. There is a sequel , made in , which is a bit more Darker and Edgier , and mostly regarded quite a good comic but not as brilliant as the original.
There was later a third installment , notoriously infamous for lack of endorsement by the original authors, with Oesterheld being already dead and hired writers and artists who remained anonymous at the time. Starting in the nineties , a lot of other sequels and homages, both official and unofficial, were released, cementing it as an important part of Argentine pop culture.
Plans for making The Movie have been tossed around for decades , but as of it seems they are finally getting somewhere. Advertisement: There are translations to French and Italian, Italy being a country where El Eternauta hit it bigtime and a major reason for the sequel being made.
Besides Argentina, the last original edition is available in Spain too. Word of God says that an English edition was printed somewhen in Britain, probably in the seventies, but if so, it is so rare it has become almost an Urban Legend. It is considered an all-time classic by several comic historians and scholars, such as Claude Moliterni, Franco Restaino, Thierry Groensteen, Daniele Barbieri and many others. The original that started it all, made purely of awesome.
Consequently, it got rushed up. A direct, Darker and Edgier sequel. Drops most of the six hundred and seventeen different themes present in the first part in favor of a more direct and arguably leftist message. Generally considered at least a worthy sequel. Last work by Oesterheld before his forced disappearance. A controversial, radically different sci-fi comic, reusing the characters in some uninspired setting.
It was not aproved by the surviving author at the time. Featuring talking cows. Tropes: Alien Invasion : Type 1. Aliens in Cardiff : Even in Argentina itself, when first published. Most comic books available were translations of comics from the US, and even the Argentine comics were used to set things in the US, just because that was what readers were used to read.
Since then, Argentine comics set in Buenos Aires became common. Thought bubbles: No! Appeal to Force : Nuclear strategic missiles from some superpower from the North fall over Buenos Aires. They are defused in mid-air by the aliens, but when the protagonists blow the artificial habitat of "Them" with a bazooka , it is bad news that one last missile was still on the way, nuking Buenos Aires.
For good. Apocalypse How : A green phosphorescent snowfall which, by unknown means, wipes virtually any kind of lifeform it comes into contact with, including bacteria. The few who survive, have less subtle methods awaiting. Class 4, maybe worse. Apologetic Attacker : The Manos "Hands" race are enslaved via a "terror gland" that secretes venom whenever they feel fear. This way they cannot even think of rebellion, since just thinking of it would cause them fear, ending their lives.
However, once the gland has been activated, they are finally "freed" at least for a few minutes until they die and usually they regret bitterly their evil doings. Armor Is Useless : static defensive tactics never end well in this universe, and Tank Goodness is a consistently averted trope due to giant indestructible mind-controlled monsters with an appetite for tanks and extremely advanced BFG tech.
Art Evolution : Favalli starts as a fit - if quite bulky - character, only to become fatter as the story advances. His increased belly even becomes relevant to a minor plot point. Author Avatar : The Eternaut tells his story to Oesterheld after materializing in his studio.
Badass Normal : Most of the main characters are just common middle-class Buenos Aires citizens. However, when the shit hits the fan they discover they were much more resourceful that they thought, and actually pretty badass, particularly Franco.
It also must be noticed that the militiamen fight without order but, with some exceptions, they are consistently brave and loyal. See Ridiculously Human Robots. Cavalry Betrayal : the "Safe zones" announced by radio are just a scam of the invaders, to capture the last remaining survivors.
Cozy Catastrophe : Uh-uh. Forget it. Desolation Shot : When your city is a frozen fluorescent graveyard, it goes without saying that every single shot count as one. Despair Event Horizon : Salvo and his friends are pushed against it, over and over again. Most of the times, they manage to stay in the good side. Ditto Aliens : All the Manos look alike. Eldritch Abominations : The Ellos literally "Them" are never to be seen, but it is quite probable they qualify for this. The closest description we have of them is being "The Cosmic Hatred".
We do get to see their SUITS at the end of the part 2 where it looks like a cloud-smoke-thing at best. Their real bodies however are yet to be seen. Also, there is a positive example of this trope in part 2 for the "Them-Friend" that transported Salvo, his family and the author to the year to combat the other Them in their critical moment on After the End Earth.
Elite Mooks : The Manos are this, as they are intelligent, skillful slave opponents. Faceless Goons : Played straight with the "cascarudos", as they have not any recognizable or distinctive feature from one another; terrifyingly subverted with the hombres robot, as even Juan recognizes a high school fellow among their enemies.
The Eternauta Remake of was lampooned and censored in Argentina because of among other things its mind-blowingly dark, gritty, groundbreaking, insane and sometimes abstract or downright incomprehensible art by Alberto Breccia, possibly the most talented comic artist ever born in Argentina. The French BD avant-garde artists just loved his style , and its success allowed a French edition of both the remake and the original version.
Several has been done since. Giant Mook : partially straight; the Gurbos are giant, Made of Indestructium mooks, but they lack any intelligence of their own, and are controlled by the Manos. But they are really, really dangerous, maybe qualified as Elite Mooks. Giving Radio to the Romans : or, in this case forges, steam machines, primitive pistols, muskets and cannons to the Cave People which are actually in the future , but have been enslaved and kept in the stone age.
Hope Spot : The comic throws them frequently - only to crush them sistematically. When it turns out it was a trap, he has an Heroic BSoD. Insectoid Aliens : The Cascarudos, of course. However, they manage to make a suit to protect Salvo from going through the snow for supplies, using only the things available at the house.
It works. Mind Screw : The circular ending. Jorge Luis Borges is probably the one to blame. Also counts as a Moment of Awesome. But they have been bioenginereed from human slaves, and look more like neanderthals with claws and small tusks.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits : An improvised army mostly made of unprepared civilians fights against an invasion armada of Big Creepy-Crawlies , robot men and monsters 30mts.
Of course, as it turn out they are all but controlled pawns of Eldritch Abominations. Averted partially, since they die in great numbers, are treated with disdain by the professional officers and they all suffer a Fate Worse than Death except for Salvo and his family. It is also a Justified Trope , since in both parts there is no professional army to rely on. You know Rock Beats Laser : Literally justified and used, as River Plate stadium is chosen because the big concrete walls are the best cover against the heat rays.
Metaphorically averted, as alien tech is too big although somewhat mundane to be fighted straightly with seemingly "primitive" weapons tanks, conventional artillery, even nuclear weapons. But if the tech itself is not absolute, the intelligent tactics of the Manos are. Rubber-Forehead Aliens : The Manos, being completely humanoid except that they have enormous hands with dozens of fingers Scenery Gorn : Many places and landmarks of late s Buenos Aires are carefully reproduced , and destroyed.
And then the entire city is nuked. Slave Mooks : Every single enemy we see turns out to be naught but a fear- or mind-controlled slave to the REAL invaders. When the male characters join a group of surviving soldiers, no one seems to even consider Elena and Marta could leave the house with them, even though the year old Pablo is apparently mature enough to do so. Steampunk : A very curious and early approach. In the Second Part, the Cave People are subjected by a Higher-Tech Species that have been stranded for centuries because of a malfunctioning spaceship and are quite bitter about it.
Limited in their high tech supplies and armory, they keep the Cave People enslaved and unable to advance technologically, using an army of ferocious artificial humans and Humungous Wooden Steam-Propelled Tanks with one-shot cannons and flamethrowers. It sounds ridiculous, and one of the characters even points it out, but the "mano" quite calmly explains to him that as crude as it looks, it works just swell against unarmed cavemen.
Tagalong Kid : Pablo in the first part. Talking the Monster to Death : The information obtained by Juan Salvo from the first Hand and how they are actually being controlled by a fear gland probes to be massively useful later on trough the series. Professor Favalli manages to be the first to weaponize this knowledge and.
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Unabhängiges Comicmagazin seit 2000
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