Hijitus is an Argentine comic superhero created by Manuel García Ferré. He made his debut in September 1955 in the comic strip The Adventures of Pi-Pío, published in Billiken magazine. He was only a side character then, but became the protagonist of his own action-comedy animated series The Adventures of Hijitus which was broadcast in Argentina between 1967 and 1974. The TV series is frequently re-transmitted on Argentinian television as many Argentinians perceive it as nostalgic.
Hijitus and his dog, Pichichus.
|Publisher||Editorial García Ferré|
|First appearance||Aventuras de Pi-Pío |
|First comic appearance||Aventuras de Hijitus|
|Created by||Manuel García Ferré |
|Place of origin||Trulalá|
|Partnerships||Pichichus, Oaky, Larguirucho|
|Notable aliases||Súper Hijitus|
Hijitus lives inside the Manuel Garcia Ferre universe shared with many other characters like Anteojito, Larguirucho, and others.
Hijitus lives inside a giant pipe in the outskirts of town with his dog Pichichus. For Argentinian popular culture "living inside a pipe" is analogous to being poor, so this means that Hijitus economic situation is bad. He does possess, however, a magical hat that allows him to convert into a superhero with multiple powers.
Both the comic and series have a similar, simple structure. Hijitus is a poor good-hearted kid that fights against Professor Neurus' (a mad scientist) evil plans, transforming into a superhero named Super Hijitus and acts to fix the issues. A recurrent theme was Neurus trying to steal Hijitus' magic hat, for possessing his powers, only to end up failing and in jail.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Hijitus is a normal human being. However, whenever he uses his hat, he transforms into Super Hijitus, a super hero with super strength, super speed, super endurance and other occasional super powers like super breath or heat vision, similar to Superman.
The first animated appearance of the character, named Las Aventuras de Hijitus, made its debut on TV in 1967. On 12 September 1973, a movie with the same name, was released in cinemas. Hijitus had also a comic book, edited in 1970.
- Súper Hijitus
- El Comisario
- Professor Neurus
- Gold Silver
- "Creo que mi sentido del humor tiene su raíz en la tragedia", interview to M. García Ferré, Clarín, 22 October 2009
- "Hijitus on Recuerdos Animados website". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
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