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HOVERBOY #2
1978

This Mexican comic book (an illegal edition from 1978, which reprints the two part story "Down Mexico Way" from Hoverboy #45 and #46, back in the sixties) includes many unfortunate and racist cliches from an ignorant creative staff who probably didn't intend to offend. Everyone in the story wears a sombrero, including the President and doctors in an operating room, there are chihuahuas on every street corner, and all the storefronts sell either tacos, tequila or young women of questionable virtue. "We'd never been to Mexico," said Bert Gibson, artist for this issue, in a rare interview in the Comics Journal at the time..."Not even to buy fireworks or whores...so there's going to be a few mistakes in the story." The story line involves a bullfighting villain named El Toro who uses a magical red cape to dazzle and confuse his victims, before he bashes them with a club, then stabs them with a half dozen bullfighting spears.

 

Hoverboy Mexico 2

Sales in Mexico were poor and the series was cancelled with the next issue. That one sported a cover we cannot show on a family website...illustrating a story entitled "I love my Burro! Yeeehah!" The villain in this one was called Pédrø Pinåtå. When Hoverboy defeats him, the villain is split in half, and candy pours out onto the street. Children run out and gather up the candy, which is covered in Pinåtå's guts.

All of the unsold comics were then shipped to Guatemala, which at the time was not getting along with Mexico. They sold well, because Guatemalans thought this was a satire that was making fun of Mexicans.

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