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Comic strip heroes - Zvitorepec

    • Comic strip heroes - Zvitorepec
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    • Details
      • Date of Issue:
      • 25.03.1998
      • Design:
      • Miki Muster
      • Stamp Design:
      • Zvitorepec (comic strip hero)
      • Printed by:
      • DELO - TISKARNA d. d., Ljubljana
      • Printing Process and Layout:
      • 4-colour offset
      • Sheet:
      • 25
      • Paper:
      • Chancellor oba free L.S.PVA GMD 100g, gummed
      • Size:
      • 28,80 x 40,32 mm
      • Perforation:
      • comb
      • Illustration:
      • Miki Muster
      • Note:
      • Also issued was a minituare sheet of 3 x 2 stamps
      • Missing:
      • <a href="filatelija-pz.asp?Artikl=085798021">1101 Ljubljana</a>
    • Comic strip heroes - Zvitorepec

      The comic strip celebrated its centenary together with the film (1995/96). Sharing a number of special features such as framed tale, they represent the most characteristic 20th century types of art. Slovene artists have played an active part in both types, however with certain objectively conditioned "delays", hindrances and limitations. Thus it is possible to say that the Slovene film and comic strip are half a century younger than the films and comic strips around the world. The first Slovene "attempts" namely appeared in the period between World War I and World War II (for example the "protocomics" of Hinko Smrekar and Milko Bambič) and they led to the publication of the first real Slovene comic strip with speech balloons Mačji grad (Cat castle) in 1941 (the author Saša Dobril). The actual development began after World War II, particularly in the fifties, when the academy-qualified sculptor Miki Muster, the author of comic strips and animated cartoons, illustrator, caricaturist and writer (scenarist) made his first appearance in the world of comics. Fascinated by Disney's comic strips and animated cartoons from his childhood, Miki drew caricatures and tried his hand at comic strips already as a student. When the illustrated weekly PPP dedicated some space to the "new art" Muster took the challenge: on 11 July 1952 he started publishing Zvitorepčeve prigode (the Tales of Sly Fox). Later the weekly was renamed into TT, but Muster's comic strip continued to be published until 1973.

      The central part of Muster's opus is represented by 40 (real comic strip) episodes about the adventures of Zvitorepec, Trdonja and Lakotnik, the caricatured animals that became a part of Slovene folklore. The first is a fox, the second a turtle and the third a wolf. Zvitorepec and Lakotnik are typical Slovene fairy tale characters. Both the fox and the wolf can be found in numerous Slovene fairy tales. The wolf, a negative type of hero until he becomes friends with the other two animals, is a greedy character throughout the story. The wolf and the fox are forest animals. Slovenia, however is not only covered largely by forests but also by water. It has rivers, swamps, lakes and even sea. This feature is represented by the turtle, an animal that feels well in water and on land. Regardless of the situation in which Zvitorepec, Trdonja and Lakotnik find themselves, they remain "Slovene boys" and as such they are also represented on stamps: Lakotnik in the middle of a forest and mountains, Trdonja besides the blue sea and Zvitorepec in the middle of a blooming meadow - the symbol of green Slovenia.

      Ivo Antič