Jumbo (magazine)

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Publication information
PublisherLotario Vecchi
Publication date1932 – 1938
Main character(s)Jumbo (Tiger Tim)
Lucio L'avanguardista (Rob the Rover)
Ace Drummond

Jumbo was a weekly comic magazine published in Milan, Italy, from 1932 to 1938.

History and profile[edit]

The magazine was founded by Lotario Vecchi in 1932[1] and had a large commercial success, with an average circulation of about 300,000 copies per week.[2][3] The magazine was based in Milan.[1]

It mainly consisted of British comics, starting from the title character Tiger Tim (renamed as Jumbo), a comic strip series created by Julius Stafford Baker and taken over by Herbert Sydney Foxwell.[2][3] A key role in the success of the magazine was also played by Rob the Rover, an adventure comic series by Walter Henry Booth which was translated as Lucio L'avanguardista (i.e. "The young avantgarde Lucio") and whose main character was adapted as a fascist airman.[2][3] It also introduced to the Italian audience several notable American comics including Rex Maxon's Tarzan and Ace Drummond.[3] It closed after the banning of the foreign comics ordered by Fascist MinCulPop in 1938.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Italian comics". Vanessa Grozeva. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Leonardo Becciu. Il Fumetto in Italia. G.C. Sansoni, 1971.
  3. ^ a b c d e Maurice Horn; Luciano Secchi. Enciclopedia Mondiale del Fumetto. Editoriale Corno, 1978.