Hent from Osijek, Croatia, sent me following e-mail on March
23, 2002. Here is the translation:
During the past few years (4-5), they tried to restart Plavi
Vjesnik again but unfortunately without success. Not once were
they able to push out more than five issues. In second and third
attempt, they published only one issue. This last (2001) attempt
made it to issue No. five but in the process, they changed the
format and graphic design three times while issue No. four was not
distributed properly (never arrived in Osijek). In all, a poor
and miserable show.
On March 24, 2002, Vlado again writes:
Plavi Vjesnik stopped publishing in 1973. The last number was 979
so the publisher wanted to continue from where the original Plavac
stopped, but I believe that only two issues got published. The
second issue describes the game GP 500 coming out in Oct. 1999. In
the first issue there was some text about the film Godzilla
(1998) so those are the only references by which we can guess the
year in which the comic was printed. On the last page of the first
issue, they ask for subscription but I never saw the third issue.
There was a pause from here to May 2001 when a new publishing
attempt was made and three format changes occur and no. 6 has not
appeared yet (it might not appear at all since 4 months have
passed since the last number). After a short search, I found the
third attempt (actually the first one) at publishing so I am
sending you the cover of the comic which appeared in mid. 1992. I
have 6 numbers and assume that the 7'th never appeared.
P.S.: Format is 26.5x33cm.
and text by Vlado
Hent, Osijek, Croatia
from March 23-26, 2002.
(Plavac) first published on October 1, 1954 in the
city of Zagreb, Croatia by the publishing house "Vjesnik". It carried Dan Dare comic strip for many years and it was the
magazine's main feature. Plavac went out of business in 1973 with issue
979. For my scan of issue 965, click
Zabavnik appeared in 1992 with 6 issues, then Plavi Vjesnik with two issues in 1999 (nos.
980, 981) and again as Plavi Vjesnik with only five issues in 2001.
They carried Dan Dare's: The
Red Moon Mystery and The Man from Nowhere. It is interesting to
note that only Zabavnik was pubished by Vjesnik, the original
publisher. Why Vjesnik never chose to use its original, sucessful
trademark name is beyond me.