album: Satanik – All covers (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
stickers: 231 (1-231)
album and first 4 stickers: € 5.99 with Satanik in color nr.1
subsequent releases: € 6.99 per volume for 70 planned
It is predictable that after Kriminal also Satanik would have his own dedicated series and consequent sticker album. The two characters created by Max Bunker and Magnus are the history of Italian comics, interesting that after so many years there is still interest that leads to these editorial news.
The choice of color is questionable, which could make sense if the coloring was done by a team connected to the story of the character, who knows her. Here’s simple coloring that’s a punch in the stomach at work in black and white. Certainly everyone has their own tastes, but if a product is born in black and white, it must remain, unless there is the intervention of experts or enthusiasts.
The comment on the editorial choice is linked to the considerations of having a missed opportunity in front of you. As with Kriminal, if you are only interested in the sticker album, the total expense is demanding. Although more affordable than “the skull”, simply because the Satanik comic series has far fewer numbers.
The album is still interesting, the 1970s covers are small works of art, just think of those created by Luigi Corteggi, also seen at work, for example, with the covers of Bonelli’s Piccolo Ranger. The layout of the album is simple but effective, the stickers do their part.
Too bad only for the editorial choice, as a work we prefer the previous one in hardcover, more faithful to the original. Only for true fans or those who simply want to read the Satanik saga without looking for the original, rare and much more expensive books, without worrying too much about the quality of the print.
KRIMINAL – All Covers (Gazzetta dello Sport Italy)
EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 129
album: Kriminal – All covers (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
stickers: 419 (1-419)
album and first 4 stickers: € 4.90 with Kriminal in color nr.1
subsequent releases: € 5.99 per volume for 114 planned
comment: if those interested in the album only complained to Tex or the recent Holly & Benji, here it is really unthinkable (at least crazy) to think of following the series only for the 419 stickers, in the end the final expense is almost 800 EUR! With a little luck and a lot of patience and sometimes settling for that amount, you can try to buy the original comic series.
At least all the numbers with the covers by Luigi Corteggi, in fact the Kriminal series in addition to splendid stories (alternating with forgettable others, especially as the series goes on) had the gift of the covers created by this great illustrator, authentic paintings that still remain of an incredible beauty.
There is no previous album of stickers on Kriminal, surely the solution to take all the covers is spot on, but you have to be fanatic. Fanatics of stickers above all, because if the interest is linked to the covers, there are already publications with all the covers of Kriminal.
For those unfamiliar with the character, I invite you instead to give us a serious thought, it remains a high quality comic, created by the award-winning company Magnus & Bunker, really in great shape; Alan Ford aside, they have rarely reached such high levels.
Even the choice of color is questionable, personally I do not understand the reason that pushes to make these products, certainly there is an audience that prefers color but in this case, as in many others, it is something mechanical “sprayed” on a work that is born in black and white and black and white maintains its charm.
comment: all the quality of Italian Disney! Our school is among the most appreciated in the world, since the post-war period (Romano Scarpa, Gian Battista Carpi, just to name two authors) has been able to give us stories that have become great classics, in turn they are also printed in the USA. In particular, we have become aces in creating parodies or adventures of goslings and mice taking inspiration from reality, cinema and literature.
We add that Disney Italy is part of Panini and it was almost a duty that the great imagination of the authors perfectly matched the great tradition of the stickers. I invite everyone to read the story and not just to attach the stickers, because they would lose a very good part of the value of this initiative. The basic idea is spot-on, to grab a sports center at the cutting edge of Paperopoli (Duckburg), a tournament is organized between six youth teams created for the occasion. All the big rich ducks organize one, funny the names and affinities of the owner’s social and intent colors, for example the Scrooge’s Klondike FC, with a dollar green kit!
Two outsiders will try to give a hard time, the team of the Beagle Boys (hilarious Grandpa Beagle who invites the young players not to trust the referee ..) and above all the ramshackle 313FC led by Donald Duck and Fetry Duck and which ranks in its 11 holder Huey, Dewey, Louie.
If we add that Scrooge’s team has as coach Gladstone Gander it seems the final victory is already decided, but who knows ..
The album is very nice and takes up the style of the classic Calciatori, each team has 16 stickers: badge, double squad, 11 players, president and coach. In the stickers of the players (mixed teams, good Disney!), Attention is also paid to the attention to detail with the club emblem, the shirt number and role.
The nightmare of all collectors of football stickers is to find the pages of the calendar subsequently compiled, here the risk is very high, in fact every episode of the story is connected to a round of the tournament with results to be written and ranking to be updated. A lot of curiosity in waiting for the second release, given that we will have real packets with 10 stickers each.
It is also appreciable that Panini limits the distribution of the necessary stickers in a few extra releases, bearing in mind that Topolino magazine should also be purchased to read the story connected to the album, we only find the stickers in two other issues. To complete the album and know how the tournament will end, you have to wait less than a month, the last packet with the last 10 stickers is scheduled for July 8 with Topolino number 3372.
I do not add anything else in order not to take away the pleasure of reading the story and discovering the album, given the previous experiences (for example the football-themed cards of a few years ago, which were immediately sold out), I recommend everyone to run to the newsstands in order to avoid to remain in the mouth, or rather the beak, dry.
ASTERIX 60 ANS (Panini France)
EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS NR. 62
stickers: 124 (1-120, A-D)
packets: distributed in the Carrefour supermarkets
ONLY in France
album: hardcover, sold only in French Carrefour
comment: C’EST MAGNIFIQUE !!!
Important premise: the writer is biased, I love and
read the Asterix comics as a child and I am proud of my complete collection.
Precisely for this reason too, the album released only for the French market is
a MUST to have.
Asterix is the most important and widespread
comic strip of the Franco-Belgian school, its name in France is comparable to
that of Mickey Mouse in the USA, trying out an album dedicated to roosters is
therefore a monumental operation and Panini France has hit the mark.
The album traces all the adventures of our heroes,
as you will know many are the journeys of Asterix and Obelix (sometimes
accompanied by Idefix and Panoramix), in this album we find them all, from the
Celts to the Britons, from the Egyptians to the Courses, from the Swiss to the
Goths, etc. with of course an important part dedicated to Roman
Attaching the 124 stickers, even if they seem few,
is absolutely fun and also a commitment. Lots of shapes that must be affixed
perfectly over the images, the cut is of excellent quality, I have not found
errors in this sense. In the classic rectangular figurines we also find special
silver and satin (amazing).
Not only that, the album is full of information,
games, quizzes and “dulcis in fundo” two comic strips, whose first one, from
memory, seems to me unpublished (it represents Obelix and Asterix as young
people inside the village) but I could also be wrong.
The album is NOT distributed outside France and
being a Panini / Carrefour product, like all previous cases, it is unlikely to
be available online on the Panini website subsequently.
Can it be an album, not intended for newsstands and
distributed only in France, the album of the year? Yes!