Clara de noche

Clara de noche (Clara at night), is a series of comic strips created in 1992 by comic book writers Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Maicas, and the cartoonist Jordi Bernet.[1] It was published weekly in the Spanish magazine El Jueves, starting from number 772. After 1243 consecutive weeks of circulation, the series ended in 2015 in Spain.[2] It had stopped the year before in Argentina (September 2014), where it was simultaneously published in a young persons supplement called No in the newspaper Página/12.[3][4] Over 1,000 episodes of the comic strip[5] were also published in the Italian magazine Skorpio.[6] French, German, Greek[6] and Croatian translations were also made.[7] The series has been compiled periodically into albums,[8] and is considered one of the most important works of the three creators.[9]

Clara de noche
Life-size figure of Clara de Noche, at the Barcelona International Comic Fair
Life-size figure of Clara de Noche, at the Barcelona International Comic Fair
Publication information
PublisherEl Jueves (Spain)
Página/12 (Argentina)
ScheduleWeekly
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication date1992 – 2015
No. of issues1243
Creative team
Written byCarlos Trillo
Eduardo Maicas
Artist(s)Jordi Bernet
Collected editions
Haciendo la calle (2000)ISBN 84-88403-81-X
Todo por la pasta (2005)ISBN 84-9741569--8
Puta pero honrada (2009)ISBN 978-84-9741578--1
La historieta de la puta madre (2010)ISBN 978-84-9741608--5

The central character is the prostitute Clara , and the cartoon reflects her amusing adventures and misadventures as a sex worker, along with the peculiar characters that get involved with her and her son Pablito.[10]

DescriptionEdit

Clara de noche was a humorous series of erotic cartoons. Initially it was produced in black and white but later in colour, and covered two pages.[1] It recounts the adventures of an innocent prostitute, called Clara Fernandez, and her relationship with clients.[11] Other characters include her very clever son Pablito and her friend Virtudes.[10]

Clara's physical appearance is clearly inspired by the famous American bondage model and pin-up, Bettie Page.[12]

ControversyEdit

Clara become one of the most well-known and loved characters of El Jueves, with a large following of fans who see in her the idealisation of a woman; a libertine, independent and attractive.

Despite this success in both in the Spanish and Argentine press, the comic had been the target of strong criticism and denunciations for alleged sexist and degrading content. However, over the years, the comic's appeal was strengthened and popularised within both the mainstream and also pop culture in these countries.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Clara de Noche, vol. 1 (Clara de Noche, #1)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ Roach 2017, p. 68.
  3. ^ "CLARA DE NOCHE | TOP-COMICS". Luis Alberto (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ Garcia, Fernando Ariel (29 September 2014). "ADIÓS A CLARA DE NOCHE". LA BITACORA DE MANECO. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  5. ^ Roach 2017, p. 42.
  6. ^ a b "FFF - Fumetto, CHIARA DI NOTTE". www.lfb.it. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  7. ^ Markos (24 July 2008). "Klara - Prozor u svijet stripa". www.stripovi.com (in Croatian). Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ Magneron, Philippe. "Clara de noche - BD, informations, cotes". www.bedetheque.com (in French). Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Falleció Carlos Trillo, un grande de la historieta argentina". www.clarin.com. 9 May 2011. Archived from the original on 12 May 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  10. ^ a b Martínez, Alejandro (7 December 2017). "Clara de Noche, de Bernet, Trillo y Maicas". Es la hora de las tortas!!! (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  11. ^ Marinelli, Diego (10 May 2011). "Carlos Trillo: Murió en Londres un grande de la historieta argentina". www.pressreader.com. Clarin. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  12. ^ Trillo, Maicas & Bernet 2017, p. 6.

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