Egyptians have translated lots of comic books from allover the world, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t create their own; here are some examples of comics in Egypt that weren’t adapted from foreign ones.
The first comic book was Al-Awlaad “Kids” published in 1923.
There was also Sinbad published by Dar Al-Maaref in 1952:
And most importantly there was a fabulous comic book that left a huge impact on Egyptians and their culture which is the great “Sameer”.
Sameer is considered a pioneer in the comic book industry of Egypt and the Arab world, and it’s also regarded as the leading comic book in the region. This is because it was the first to actually follow the original comic book layouts.
Sameer was published by Dar Al-Hilal in 1956 and was a huge hit in Egypt because:
- It had funny characters and interesting stories.
- It always had a gift with it.
- It introduced Mickey Mouse and other famous characters.
- It was in Arabic and had extremely funny jokes and puns.
- It had a sense of adventure and entertainment.
- It taught morals and principles to children.
- It reflected the Egyptian culture and lifestyle at the time.
- It was the first in Egypt and the Arab world to follow the original comic book layouts.
Some issues of Sameer:
For more information on Sameer here is a complete analysis of Sameer’s first year created by Mr. Ahmed Issa, It’s very good and I highly recommend it: http://www.mediafire.com/?zzhnmmy1w4n