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The history of Yugoslavian comics began in the 19th century in the form of caricatures in children's magazines. The war period stopped the development of comics during the 1930s when Russian aristocrats fled from their communist government and came to Serbia and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovene. In that time the so-called Golden Age of Yugoslavian Comics began.
In the newspapers, comics gained popularity through the children's edition like Politikin Zabavnik. Others followed soon. On 21 October 1934 in the newspaper "Politika" a whole page of Secret Agent X-9 appeared just a month after the American premiere.
Mickey Mouse (cs. Mika Miš) was the first long term comic publication dated from 1935 until the war in 1941. It followed US-series like Popeye, Prince Valiant, Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, Flash Gordon and others. In 1939 was published with Zigomar the first Yugoslavian superhero comic.
The government in Yugoslavia didn't forbid western comics like many other former communist countries. In the beginning of the 70s and during the 80s the second golden age of Serbian comics took place. Most of them were World War II stories like "Mirko and Slavko". They sold in more than one hundred copies. Politikin Zabavnik sold over 200 000 copies. Comics like Cat Claw and Tarzan (Serbian Version) where translated and published in many other countries.
1990 - now
After economy crisis in the 90s, Yugoslavian comics once again achieved great significance, mainly due to the comic book Partizanska zakletva that was very popular. In 1995 "Vjesnik" published two superhero comics Protman and Lavanman.
List of Serbian comics
- Strari mačak
- Billy the Spit
- Cat Claw
- Faktor 4
- Generation Tesla
- Master Death
- Mirko and Slavko
- Tarzan (Yugoslavian Version)
List of Serbian comic artists
List of films based on Serbian comics
- Billy the Spit (1986)
- City Cat (1991), from Cat Claw
- Technotise Edit & I (2008), from Technotise
- Factor 4 (TBA)
- The Golden Age of Serbian Comics (English)
- Konstantin Kuznjecov, Fairytale about Tsar Saltan/The Tale of the Golden Cockerel, 1940 (Serbian)
- UPPS - Udruženje za promociju i produkciju stripa / Comics publishing and promotion society (Serbian)