Chuck Billy 'n' Folks

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Chuck Billy 'n' Folks
Publication information
Publisher Editora Abril, Editora Globo, Panini Comics
Schedule monthly
Format Ongoing
Publication date (Abril series)
1982 - 1986
(Globo series)
1987 - 2006
(Panini series)
2007 - Present
No. of issues (Abril series): 114
(Globo series): 467
(Panini series): 100 (first part), 22 (February 2017)
Main character(s) Chuck Billy (Chico Bento)
Rosie Lee (Rosinha)
Zeke (Zé Lelé)
Benny (Zé da Roça)
Taka (Hiro)

Chuck Billy 'n' Folks (Turma do Chico Bento) is a Brazilian comic strip and part of the Monica's Gang comic book series, created by Mauricio de Sousa.

The stories are centered on Chuck Billy (originally named Chico Bento) and his friends and parents, who are all caipiras and live in the small Vila Abobrinha (Zucchini’s Village), a fictional location on the countryside of Brazil. The only characters who don't live on the countryside are Chuck's cousin, Zeca, and his parents, who live in the city.

The comics originally debuted in 1961 in the newspaper "Folha da Manhã", at first having as protagonists the characters Cousin Benny (Zé da Roça) and Taka (Hiro), but the comics changed after the introduction of Chuck Billy in 1963 who due to his popularity with the public, became the main protagonist after a few years.[1] This was also the first series by Maurício de Sousa (unrelated with Monica's Gang) to be adapted in its own solo comic book series starting in August 26, 1982.[2]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Chuck Billy (Chico Bento)
  • Rosie Lee (Rosinha) - Rosie Lee is Chuck's girlfriend. She mostly appears in the stories dating Chuck or just showing her jealousy of him. They are generally drawn together sitting on a fallen trunk.
  • Zeke (Zé Lelé) - His name in Portuguese means something like "Joe Nuts". He is Chuck Billy's country cousin, is very distracted and is as bad a student as Chuck. His character was inspired by the twin brother of de Sousa's granduncle, who was the inspiration for Chuck Billy.[1]
  • Cousin Benny (Zé da Roça) - Originally called Zé da Roça, which literally means "Joe from the farm", Benny is one of Chuck's best friends. He is the top student of his class and one of the few characters who don't speak with a caipira accent.
  • Taka (Hiro) - Taka is a Japanese descendent. He also speaks correct Portuguese, and lives in a typical Japanese house, adopting some habits from Japan, like Bonsai, Ofuro, etc.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Zeca (Zeca) - His name is hardly mentioned, as people would call him simply "Chuck's Cousin". He is sometimes called Zeca, but he once introduced himself as Osvalderson.[3] Zeca lives in the city with his parents. In most of the stories featuring him, the main issues are the differences between life in the city and on the farm. When Zeca comes to visit Chuck, he suffers because of the lack of technology and modern equipment. On the other hand, when Chuck visits Zeca, he finds himself lost in the middle of so much technolog and other objects he doesn't understand.
  • Teacher Marocas - She is the teacher of the local school. she doesn't teach a specific subject, her classes are mostly about basic grammar, literature, history, geography and sciences. She faces a daily challenge when it comes to teach Chico, because of his poor grades and the fact that he never does his homework.
  • Mr. Lau (Nhô Lau) - Mr. Lau owns an orchard filled with Apple Guavas, which are frequently "visited" by Chuck and his friends, who steal his fruits. Mr. Lau would respond to these constant attacks by shooting them with his Rifle, which is not charged with true bullets, but with lead, the fruits of the castor oil plant, or even salt.
  • Genesinho – Genesinho is the son of the local Colonel, and is a rival to Chuck Billy, because of his attempts to date Rosie Lee. As Genesinho is much richer, well-dressed and cleaner than Chuck, Rosie Lee tends to have a crush on him, but in the end she always comes back to Chuck.
  • Mr. Billy (Nhô Bento) - Chuck Billy's dad. He works hard on the farm to support his family and wants Chico to study so he can have a better life.
  • Mrs. Cotinha - Chuck Billy's mom.
  • Granny Mae (Vó Dita) - Granny Mae is Chuck's grandmother. She is famous for the stories she tells Chuck and his friends. These stories are mostly based on life stories of people she knows, and are sometimes dosed with some folkloric elements. She was inspired by de Sousa's own grandmother.[4]
  • Animals - Beyond living on a farm, Chuck is very friendly with animals. Because of this, he holds close relationships with his "pets", which are typical farm animals. The most famous are his chicken, his cow, and his pig, which are called Ma Megg (Giserda), Malhada and Pork Chop (Torresmo). He also owns an unnamed dunce, a dog named Fido and several other animals which appear occasionally. There's also the Jaguar (Onça), a wild feline that is mostly a threat to Chuck and his friends, but would sometimes be treated like a friend. As a wild animal, she lives in the local jungle.

Media[edit]

In 1965 two picture books were released by publisher FTD, one starring Cousin Benny and the other starring Chuck Billy, who was part of a series of books inspired the Mauricio de Sousa's characters.[5] In 1971 a song to Chuck Billy was composed for the album "A Bandinha da Turma da Mônica". The series also has an almanac with classic stories which is published since 1981 by the publisher Abril (now Panini). The series also had some special comic books in the '90s by Editora Globo. Several animated adaptations of the comics were adapted into episodes in films such as As Novas Aventuras da Turma da Mônica, Chico Bento, Oia a Onça! and Cine Gibi 2.

Chuck Billy is also a playable character in the Brazilian adaptation of the game Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap (known as Turma da Mônica em o Resgate) replacing the Lizard-Man form. Chuck Billy also makes a cameo in the Monica's Gang's 2007 animated film: Uma Aventura no Tempo.

In 2013 a graphical novel based on the Chuck Billy 'n' Folks characters titled: Chico Bento - Pavor Espaciar, was released as part of the Graphic MSP.

Spin-off[edit]

In 2013 a manga-style comic titled Chico Bento Moço (lit. Chick Billy Young Man) started to be published by Panini.[6] Like Monica Teen the comic shows a grown-up version of the main characters as teenagers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Quem inspirou os personagens da Turma da Mônica?". Mundo Estranho (in Portuguese). Editora Abril. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Crônica 269 - "O Véio Chico"". 
  3. ^ de Souza, Maurício (May 2002). "Chico Bento em Primo Chato". In Arlete and Alonso. Chico Bento e o Primo. Um Tema Só (in Portuguese). Brazil: Editora Globo. p. 141. 
  4. ^ "Turma do Mauricio". Superinteressante (in Portuguese). Editora Abril. February 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Os primeiros livros que escrevi". Mônica.com.br. 
  6. ^ Chico Bento ganha revista com versão adolescente Página acessada em 18/12/2013

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