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Patoruzu: The First Argentine Superhero

Patoruzu is a fictional character created by Dante Quinterno in 1928. He is considered the first Argentine superhero and one of the most popular and influential comic characters in the history of Argentina. Patoruzu is a young and noble Tehuelche chief who inherits a vast fortune and moves to Buenos Aires, where he faces the challenges of modern society with his strength, courage, and kindness.

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Patoruzu's adventures were published in various magazines, newspapers, and books, reaching millions of readers in Argentina and other countries. One of the most remarkable publications was the Libro de Oro (Golden Book) series, which consisted of annual volumes that collected the best stories of Patoruzu and his friends. The first Libro de Oro was published in 1937 and the last one in 1978.

The Libro de Oro of 1960

The Libro de Oro of 1960 was the 23rd volume of the series and contained 12 stories that were originally published in the magazine Patoruzu between 1959 and 1960. The stories were:

  • El tesoro del rey Salomón (The Treasure of King Solomon): Patoruzu and his friend Isidorito travel to Africa to find the legendary treasure of King Solomon, but they have to face a dangerous tribe and a greedy explorer.

  • El misterio de la pirámide (The Mystery of the Pyramid): Patoruzu and Isidorito visit Egypt and enter a mysterious pyramid, where they encounter ancient traps, mummies, and a secret cult.

  • El secreto de la esfinge (The Secret of the Sphinx): Patoruzu and Isidorito discover that the Sphinx hides a secret passage that leads to a hidden city, where they meet a mysterious princess and a tyrannical king.

  • El valle de los dinosaurios (The Valley of the Dinosaurs): Patoruzu and Isidorito explore a remote valley in South America, where they find living dinosaurs and a lost civilization.

  • La isla del volcán (The Island of the Volcano): Patoruzu and Isidorito are shipwrecked on an island that is about to erupt, and they have to help the natives escape from the lava and a ruthless pirate.

  • El reino de las nieves (The Kingdom of Snow): Patoruzu and Isidorito travel to the North Pole, where they encounter a friendly Eskimo tribe, a giant polar bear, and an evil scientist who wants to freeze the world.

  • La ciudad perdida (The Lost City): Patoruzu and Isidorito visit India and find a hidden city in the Himalayas, where they are welcomed by a wise guru and his disciples, but they also face a wicked maharaja and his army.

  • El templo del sol (The Temple of the Sun): Patoruzu and Isidorito go to Peru and enter an ancient Inca temple, where they discover a golden idol that has magical powers, but they also awaken an evil spirit that wants to destroy them.

  • La selva encantada (The Enchanted Forest): Patoruzu and Isidorito explore a mysterious forest in Brazil, where they encounter talking animals, fairies, witches, and a wicked sorcerer who wants to enslave them.

  • El castillo del terror (The Castle of Terror): Patoruzu and Isidorito visit Transylvania and stay at a spooky castle, where they meet Count Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman, and other classic horror characters.

  • La isla de los sueños (The Island of Dreams): Patoruzu and Isidorito are invited to an island where all their dreams come true, but they soon realize that it is a trap set by their archenemy, the evil Baron von Strudel.

  • El viaje al centro de la Tierra (The Journey to the Center of the Earth): Patoruzu and Isidorito follow the footsteps of Jules Verne's heroes and descend into a volcanic crater, where they find a subterranean world full of wonders and dangers.

The Libro de Oro of 1960 was one of the most successful volumes of the series, as it combined adventure, humor, fantasy, science fiction, and cultural diversity. It also showcased Quinterno's artistic talent and narrative skills, as well as his ability to create memorable characters and situations. The Libro de Oro of 1960 is a classic example of Argentine comic art and a tribute to Patoruzu's legacy as a national icon.


[Andanzas De Patoruzú N 38 - Febrero 1960]

[Patoruzú: Libros de Oro Series by Dante Quinterno]

[Patoruzú (segunda parte) - TODOHISTORIETAS] The Legacy of Patoruzu

Patoruzu is not only a comic character, but also a cultural phenomenon that has transcended the pages of magazines and books. Patoruzu has inspired several adaptations in other media, such as radio, theater, cinema, television, and animation. He has also been the subject of numerous studies, exhibitions, tributes, and collections. Patoruzu is widely recognized as a symbol of Argentine identity, values, and humor.

Some of the most notable examples of Patoruzu's legacy are:

  • The Patoruzu films: Between 1942 and 1972, four animated films based on Patoruzu's stories were produced by Quinterno's own studio. They were: Upa en apuros (Upa in Trouble, 1942), Las aventuras de Patoruzú (The Adventures of Patoruzu, 1950), Patoruzito (Little Patoruzu, 1956), and Patoruzú y la gran aventura (Patoruzu and the Great Adventure, 1972). The films were very successful and introduced Patoruzu to new generations of fans.

  • The Patoruzu statue: In 2006, a bronze statue of Patoruzu was inaugurated in the city of Esquel, in the province of Chubut, where Quinterno was born. The statue is 3.5 meters high and weighs 1.5 tons. It is located in the main square of the city and depicts Patoruzu holding his boleadoras (a traditional weapon of the Tehuelche people) and smiling.

  • The Patoruzu museum: In 2010, a museum dedicated to Patoruzu and Quinterno was opened in the city of Buenos Aires. The museum displays original drawings, magazines, books, films, posters, toys, and memorabilia related to Patoruzu and his creator. The museum also organizes workshops, lectures, and events to promote the comic culture and history.

  • The Patoruzu stamp: In 2018, the Argentine postal service issued a commemorative stamp to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Patoruzu's creation. The stamp features an image of Patoruzu smiling and wearing his typical outfit: a poncho, a feathered headband, and sandals. The stamp also includes the logo of Patoruzu and the words "90 años" (90 years).

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