I was originally just going to pm dan bailey about this, but then I realized there's the potential for an interesting thread here. I was going through some stuff today to get some information about Sgt. Fury #100 when I stumbled upon something really interesting: The foreign editions of Sgt. Fury.
Namely, Mexico had a long-running Sgt. Fury series called El Sargento Furia. As you can imagine, it contained reprints of Sgt. Fury. Later on, it also continaed reprints of Capt. Savage, alternating between the two series until Capt. Savage ended. All very cool, in a trivia sort of way.
Except... see, El Sargento Furia was weekly. And moreover, it remained popular even after Marvel had already cancelled Sgt. Fury. So it didn't take long for El Sargento Furia to finish reprinting the entire run of both Sgt. Fury and Captain Savage, which left the Mexican publisher in a bit of a bind. Of course, they could just start reprinting everything again, and indeed, they did begin running occasional reprints.
But with the book still selling, and with the entire run still fresh in readers minds since it was weekly, they decided to do something else: They began writing and drawing their own, brand new Sgt. Fury stories. And they kept doing them. For a long time.
I haven't been able to find exact details, but after looking at a few websites, it seems that El Sargento Furia published original Sgt. Fury stories in Spanish for at least 4 full years after Marvel stopped doing new Fury stories. And maybe longer; some sites suggest it may have been as much as 6 years. And with the series being weekly, that adds up to likely hundreds of original Spanish language Sgt. Fury stories that American audiences have never seen before.
Now, I don't know how long these stories are, or who wrote them or drew them or what they are about. But El Sargento Furia isn't the only foreign series to run into this. In Britain, for instance, both Star Wars and Transformers ran into the exact same problem and the U.K. publishers had the same solution, doing their own new tales which were often mixed in with the American reprints.
It makes for an interesting question: How many stories featuring our favorite characters were published overseas that we've never seen? And these aren't knockoffs, these are officially licensed publications. For the people who bought and read them overseas, they are just as legitimate and in continuity as our American originals.
I for one am really interested in seeing some of these comics and seeing what Fury and company were up to in the Mexican half of their run. If only I could read Spanish!
Anyone else know anything about this phenomenon?