Sir Tim O’Theo, the parody of Sherlock Holmes from Bruguera publishing house

VALENCIA. you open a Super Bologna today and it’s hard not to feel a thrill brought on by Proust’s cupcake moment. Not an emotion to remember the past, it is emotion because that was a party. Excitement. Short, easy-to-read, light, very funny comic strips passed before your eyes, with endless characters, each one more outrageous. It was all hilarity and unassuming humor. Fortunately, because it was for children.

In this context, there was an eternal header that was in the second row. That’s where the characters of Ibanez, but this was actually somewhat more complex. His universe had more nuances, always within the plot austerity. It was Sir Tim O’Theo. A creation of raf (Joan Rafart i Roldan) in 1970, after he appeared as a supporting cast in Champion1957 scripted character Andrew Martinthe editor Jordi Bayona He saw that it could have potential and encouraged him to dedicate his own series to it. The result was a great success, to the extent that hundreds of them were signed and published.

Personally, what I liked about Sir Tim O’Theo it was that it happened in a small, but detailed universe. The characters were always giving the beer and if an argument flew over all the comics it was that of stinginess. Sir Tim he owed months salary to his biggest domo Patson, who was the one who always paid for the beers. The town was called Bellotha Village. The bars, El Ave Turuta or El Pájaro Loco, didn’t matter, because as it was a translation of Crazy Bird, they called it differently each time. Amusingly, in homage there were bars of the same name in Segovia, Salamanca, Albacete, Ciudad Real, Torrelavega, Lugo and Madrid.

One of the policemen blops, who always screwed up, was an inveterate reader of fantasy, science fiction and horror. This side of him gave rise to many jokes. Generally, a humor based on equivocation led him to confuse someone with an alien or a monster. like in the cartoon Andromeda manin which he was his own boss, the Burgomaster, the one who had put on a costume inside out and thought he was a Martian. In fact, Sir Tim’s mansion was inhabited by a ghost named McLatha. separate mention, Professor’s Astronomical Observatory E. Katombea chapter in which a meteorite fell in the Bellotha.

There was a demanding sense of humor with the kids. Starting with the fact that Sir Tim was a detective who used to investigate cases that didn’t exist or didn’t make much sense. I remember the cartoon where Mac Rhacano reported the theft of a painting with his portrait. Sir Tim, seeing the frame with nothing inside, thought it was a work of modern art. There were also Cold War allusions, such as the cartoon about the atomic spy whose encrypted message, which Sir Tim and the police thought was the formula for a lethal chain reaction, contained only the measurements for his wife to make him a sweater.

It could be said that its author, raf, was an enthusiast, insofar as he left a secure job in his uncle’s dye company, tells Tebeosfera, to dedicate himself professionally to comics. It was 1956, Raf was not young, he was 28 years old, married and already had a daughter. However, he entered Bruguera at a time when the publishing house desperately needed cartoonists after the march to found uncle alive of I encrypted, with you, escobar, Giner Y Penarroya. In this way, Raf debuted at the same time as Ibáñez.

At the end of the 50s, he left Bruguera on his own decision to work in an agency abroad. Of the characters he created, fundamentally for England, he stood out milkiwaywhich later had a tour in Spain as Cosmolith and how MarcianETEat the time when a ET Exploitation in Spain for the film Spielberg. When he returned to Bruguera, he went on his own terms and demanding freedom to develop his style. so they appeared Doña Lío and Don Pelmazo, Doña Tecla Scalpel, Manolon either flash the photographer, but its peak creation was the aforementioned Sir Tim O’Theo.

According to the writer of Sir Tim, Andrew Martin, in his book For now, everything is fine, when he collaborated in the development of the small world of this English town, he was not aware that he was working on something “memorable”. Those who won were Vazquez, Escobar and Ibáñez and he believed that Sir Tim enjoyed a much more discreet popularity, but years later, when he devoted himself entirely to the novel, he was often asked admiringly about those scripts.

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Until the 1990s, Raf also made forays into political or adult humor with sporadic jobs on El Jueves. The memory that I have most in mind was the support that he did in Telele magazine. Jordi Canyissawas his biographer, although Raf: Bruguera’s ‘gentleman’ It seems discontinued already. In an interview he stressed that Sir Tim made a difference because he was not circumscribed to our manners, but exploited British clichés. Actually, this series was not a sudden idea. He was always in his work in one way or another. He insisted on the figure of the servant and also on those of the detectives. Similarly, he was very Anglophile and he took pleasure in drawing the English pubs and countryside.

However, another hallmark of the author was that he took into account those who helped him with the drawing. It was recurrent to find the signature “Raf and his team”. The same thing that happened with Andreu Martín, it was Raf who insisted that he appear as a screenwriter, although the idea was somehow collective. On the other hand, although he might have had some foreign influence, he was not an author who copied others, as might be the case with Ibáñez with Andre Franquin. Two differences that, from the distance of time, seem banal, but are actually crucial when it comes to describing their professional integrity.

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Sir Tim O’Theo, the parody of Sherlock Holmes from Bruguera publishing house