THE DUTCH TEX WILLER HOMEPAGE
TEX IN GERMANY
Germany has a long tradition with Tex Willer. Several series have been published here. In 1971 the first series started, parallel with Holland, England, Finland and Norway. These books are very similar to the Dutch publications. However, it must not have been a big success, since publications ware ended after only 8 issues.The publisher of this first series was Bildschriftenverlag GmbH (on the covers written as BSV) from Aachen.
All these books were published in 1971. Every now and them they are being offered for sale on the internet.
Germany had to wait until 1985, when the second series were published. This series covers 27 books in total, similar to the old Italian "striscia" from 1948. The Germans refer to this as "piccolo". Publisher is Nostalgie Comic Verlag from Ludwigshafen.
It is difficult to find issues from this second series. A big thank you to Erno & Harri from Finland for these excellent piccolo scans!
And once again, the Germans had to wait a while before a next series started. Only in the year 2000 the third series started. Comic Club Hannover starts with a series that is known in Italy as "Tex Quindicinale". Just like in 1985, it comprises the oldest Tex Willer adventures from 1948! Therefore all drawings in the 27 books from the second series can also be found in this third series.
The quality of the books in this third series is fantastic. It gives any Tex Willer fan the opportunity to read the oldest Tex adventures (well, most Dutch people can read German...), when he was not yet a ranger, but an outlaw. All drawings and covers are from Galep...brilliant!
It was intended to publish a total of 56 books in this series. However, it seems that only 20 have been published. The number of books printed in this series is rather limited: only 200 copies per issue! Therefore, they are difficult to find, now only a few years after they were published.
In 2002 the fourth series starts. Well, series....just one book actually. Published by Kult Edtionen (Wuppertal) is a 224 pages book on A4 format.
And finally, in 2003, the same publisher (Kult) starts the fifth series known as "the four murderers". German name is "Die gnadenlosen Vier". These books are full-color and hardcovers.
Soon part 4 in this series will be published. Let's hope there will be more series after this one...
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