Polish comics

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Polish comics
Earliest publications 1930s
Publishers Egmont Polska
Taurus Media
Mucha Comics
Timof i Cisi Wspólnicy
Kultura Gniewu
Publications Funky Koval
Jeż Jerzy
Kapitan Żbik
Lil i Put
Creators Tadeusz Baranowski
Henryk Chmielewski
Janusz Christa
Szarlota Pawel
Grzegorz Rosiński
Series "Koziołek Matołek"
"Tytus, Romek i A'Tomek"
"Osiedle Swoboda"
"Kajko i Kokosz"
Languages Polish
Related articles
European comics
Czech comics
Hungarian comics

Polish comics are comics written and produced in Poland. Very few of these comics have been published in languages other than Polish.

History[edit]

One of the first and most famous Polish comics was Koziołek Matołek (Matołek the Billy-Goat), created by Kornel Makuszyński (story) and Marian Walentynowicz (art) in 1933. It became a cult classic, still popular today, and is an important part of the canon of Polish children's literature.

In the People's Republic of Poland the term comic (komiks) was discouraged as a "demoralising Western influence," and the terms "graphic stories" (historyjki obrazkowe) or "color books" (kolorowe zeszyty) were preferred instead; they were actually illegal and forbidden from 1947 to 1957. (In modern Poland those terms have largely been forgotten, and the formerly discouraged English loanword "comics" is now the main term for the medium.)

One of the most notable series created in 1957 (and concluded in 2009) was Tytus, Romek i A'Tomek (eng. Tytus, Romek, and A'Tomek), which became the longest-published and one of the most popular Polish comic book series. Created by Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski (aka Papcio Chmiel), it centers on Romek and A'Tomek, two Boy Scouts, and Tytus de Zoo, a chimpanzee with the ability of human speech.

Over the past few years, the market for comics in Poland has grown rapidly; there is an increasing number of Polish comic books and magazines. Japanese manga has been introduced, and the first Polish manga-style publications have appeared. As throughout the world, webcomics have also become increasingly popular.

List of Polish comics[edit]

Lil i Put, example of modern Polish comic book series.

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