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Čtyřlístek – original Czech comic books

 
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All kids in the Czech Republic know it – and most love it. The Čtyřlístek (Four-Leaf-Clover in Czech) is a children’s comic magazine, and its four characters are called Myšpulín, Pinďa, Bobík and Fifinka. Throughout time, this Czech phenomenon has gone through many changes but Čtyřlístek is still one of the most popular children’s comic books in the CR.

 
 
Čtyřlístek was first published in the then socialist Czechoslovakia in 1969 and in fact became the pioneer of comics in the CR. The father of Čtyřlístek, the painter Jaroslav Němeček, came up with his first story, which was called “The Invention of Professor Myšpulín”, presented it to the editors of the Orbis publishing house, and probably did not plan writing any continuation at that moment. The subsequent stories were created upon request by the readers, who were immediately captivated by these adventurous stories. Most of the stories were written by Ljuba Štíplová, who gave each character their typical personal characteristics. Since the death of the main author of these comics in 2009, various authors have taken turns writing the episodes.

The four main characters are a black and white tom-cat called Myšpulín, a strong piggy called Bobík who is an ingenious and courageous inventor who likes to eat and recklessly charges into anything, a rabbit called Pinďa who is a nerd and an unbelievable coward, and a lovely white bitch called Fifinka, an excellent cook who would do anything to help the three boys around her.

Čtyřlístek was most popular in the 70s and 80s. At that time, 220 copies per new episode were issued, and they sold out almost immediately. Today, the old comic books are of high value to collectors and the prices of some of them rise up to hundreds of crowns.

The popular Čtyřlístek was published several times in German, English as well as in Greek, and children know its heroes from table games, puzzles or pexeso games. The comic characters were even featured on postage stamps. The animated heroes should also arrive on the movie screen soon. The premiere of the animated film “Čtyřlístek in the King’s Service” is planned for autumn 2011.

On December 10th 2010, a special double-issue was published. It started the second five-hundred installments of these animated stories. This jubilee is also celebrated by an exhibition called Čtyřlístek – 500 Adventures, which takes place in the  X5 Museum of the Capital City of Prague X5 (map) until February 27th 2011. For more information, click here.


 
Author: Petra Hubálková
 
Added: 20.01.2011
 
 
 

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