Editorial Bruguera is a Spanish publishing house based in Barcelona, which was devoted mainly to the production of popular literature and comics. It was created in 1910 as El Gato Negro, changed its name in 1940 and came to possess, as indicated by Jesús Cuadrado:
An industrial plant (in Parets del Vallès), an advertising division (Nueva Línea), a library (Proa), a distributor (Libresa), stamps subsidiaries (Ceres), several branches in the Spanish territory delegations outside (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Lisbon, Mexico, Portugal, Venezuela), and an internal communication newsletter (Nosotros).
|Parent company||Grupo Zeta (1986–2017)|
Penguin Random House (2017–present)
|Predecessor||El Gato Negro|
|Founder||Juan Bruguera Teixidó|
|Country of origin||Spain|
|Key people||Pantaleón Bruguera, Francisco Bruguera Grane|
|Publication types||Comics, magazines, books|
|Fiction genres||Humor, Literature|
In 1986 Bruguera was acquired by Grupo Zeta, which renamed it Ediciones B. The Bruguera name was revived in 2006. As of 2018, the publisher has shifted its focus towards comic books and graphic novels.
In 2017, Grupo Zeta sold all its book publishers, including Bruguera and Ediciones B, to Penguin Random House.
El Gato Negro
It was founded in 1910 by Juan Bruguera Teixidó under the name El Gato Negro and specialising in popular literature, joke books and especially in comic magazines. They followed the example of the Spanish comic magazine TBO (founded in 1917) and in 1921 they created Pulgarcito which proved very successful. They published another twenty magazines including Charlot (1928) with content of Film Fun.
Pantaleón and Francisco Bruguera changed the name from El Gato Negro to Editorial Bruguera in 1939.
In 1947 the publishing house increased profits with other comics such as El Campeón (1948), Super Pulgarcito (1949), Magos de la Risa (1949) and El DDT (1951); romance novels of Corín Tellado and western novels (notably the ones of Marcial Lafuente Estefanía) and adventure comics such as El Cachorro or Capitán Trueno. In 1957 a group of comic artists tried to secede from the publisher and founded their own magazine Tío Vivo, but they didn't succeed and in 1960 the magazine was acquired by Bruguera. Bruguera also published a comic for girls Sissi.
By then, Bruguera was one of the largest publishers of comics in Spain, along with Cliper, Hispano Americana y Toray. Over time, the family business also became a truly multinational publisher, being implemented in several countries in Latin America.
Since the mid-1960s, they launched new magazines such as Din Dan (1965), Bravo (1968) and Gran Pulgarcito (1969) in which the influence of television is clear. They also published in Spain Franco-Belgian comics such as Asterix or Blueberry, always beating their competitors.
In the literature field, they lost lawsuits against Corín Tellado and Marcial Lafuente Estefanía in 1974, so they started to publish material by Jorge Amado, Jorge Luis Borges, García Márquez, Juan Marsé o Juan Carlos Onetti. They also launched two pocket book collections: Libro Clásico and Libro Amigo.
In 1986 it was acquired by Grupo Z and transformed into Ediciones B.
It was briefly relaunched under Ediciones B from 2006 to 2010.
In the field of comics, the role played by the Editorial Bruguera after the Spanish Civil War was fundamental, especially its humor publications. Directed by Rafael González Martínez, the Editorial Bruguera cartoonists created an easily recognisable style (called "Escuela Bruguera") that was halfway between children's entertainment and a satire of manners.
Comics titles and characters published by Editorial Bruguera included:
- Don Pío (1947) by Peñarroya
- El repórter Tribulete (1947) by Cifré
- Doña Urraca (1948) by Jorge
- Zipi y Zape (1948) by Escobar
- El loco Carioco (1949) by Conti
- La familia Cebolleta (1951) by Vázquez
- El doctor Cataplasma (1953) by Martz Schmidt
- El caco Bonifacio (1957) by Enrich (es)
- Mortadelo y Filemón (1958) by Ibáñez
- Rigoberto Picaporte (1959) by Segura
- Agamenón (1961) by Nené Estivill
- Aspirino y Colodión (1966) by Alfons Figueras
- El grupo Penguin apuesta por el humor de la posguerra y reflota Bruguera in elespanol.com
- Cuadrado (2000), p. 187.
- Martín (01/1968), pp. 11 a 12.
- Martín (03/1968), pp. 135 a 137.
- Martínez (2004), p. 52.
- Vázquez Montalbán, Manuel (12/06/1982). Crónica de una ruina anunciada, "El País".
- ARROYO, Francesc (10/06/1982). "La suspensión de pagos en Bruguera no supone la desaparición de la editorial," "El País".
- Cuadrado, Jesús (2000). De la historieta y su uso 1873-2000, Ediciones Sinsentido/Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez
- Guiral, Antoni (09/2010). 100 años de Bruguera. De El Gato Negro a Ediciones B. Barcelona: Ediciones B. Depósito Legal: B-24625-2010. ISBN 978-84-666-3816-6.
- Martín Martínez, Antonio (01/1968). Apuntes para una historia de los tebeos II. La civilización de la imagen (1917–1936). Madrid: Revista de Educación, n.º 195.
- Martín Martínez, Antonio (03/1968). Apuntes para una historia de los tebeos IV. El tebeo, cultura de masas (1946–1963). Madrid: Revista de Educación, n.º 197.
- MARTÍNEZ PEÑARANDA, Enrique (2004). Vázquez (El dibujante y su leyenda). Madrid: Ediciones Sinsentido, Colección Sin Palabras, Serie A nª 04. ISBN 84-95634-49-X. Depósito legal: M-39015-2004.
- RAMÍREZ, Juan Antonio (1975). El "comic" femenino en España. Arte sub y anulación Madrid: Editorial Cuadernos para el Diálogo, S. A. Colección Divulgación universitaria, Arte y literatura, número 78. Depósito Legal: M. 8.752 – 1975 ISBN 84-229-0177-3.
- Regueira, Tino (2005). Guía visual de la Editorial Bruguera (1940–1988) Barcelona: Ediciones Glénat S. L. Depósito Legal: B-2551-05. ISBN 84-8449-664-3