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It was first published in Hora Cero Semanal from to Oesterheld returned to El Eternauta with a remake and a sequel, published in andrespectively. Both featured a more political script, iesterheld Oesterheld was disturbed by political conditions in the nation after military juntas had overthrown elected governments. By the time he published the sequel, he and his daughters had joined the Montoneros leftist guerrilla group.

Oesterheld disappeared inwas seen in prisons, and is believed to have been tortured, killed, and “disappeared” in by the U. Since the restoration of democracy inEl Eternauta has been continued in different versions oestrrheld a variety of writers and artists.

InOesterheld rewrote El Eternautawith changes to oesferheld story, more political references and more violence. It became an open critique of dictatorial regimes and United States’ imperialism.

This version featured artwork by Alberto Brecciawho drew the story in an experimental and unique style diverging from the original expression. It was first published on May 29, in the weekly Gente. Disturbed by the Dirty War and political repression of oesterheldd period, Oesterheld criticized the dictatorship. He placed himself as a narrating character within the story. Having joined the banned leftist organization Montoneros with his daughters, Oesterheld wrote the chapters from hidden locations.

He disappeared inbelieved abducted by government forces. His daughters also disappeared, as were their husbands.

El Eternauta y otros cuentos de ciencia ficción

Only his widow and two grandsons survived, the youngest boy recovered from government custody after being born while his mother was in prison. Other authors have continued the saga. A third part, El Eternauta, Tercera Partepublished after the restoration of democracy, met with moderate success. It was criticized for being just another sci-fi comic instead of a continuation of the series’ political content.


Fantagraphics Books published the first translation into English, under the name “The Eternaut”. It was translated by Erica Mena. It is the first time that the book was published in the English language. The story begins as a deadly snowfall covers Buenos Aires and the surrounding metropolitan areawiping out most life in a few hours.

Juan Salvo, along with a couple of friends Favalli, Lucas and Polski who were playing truco at his househis wife and daughter remain safe from the lethal snowflakes thanks to the protection of Juan Salvo’s home and the cleverness of Favalli. They organize to survive the ordeal, making special suits to be able to leave the house to gather supplies.

El Eternauta: Y Otros Cuentos De Ciencia Ficcion : Hector German Oesterheld :

During these trips they find Pablo, a twelve-year-old boy, and realize that crazed or needy survivors may be as much of a threat as the deadly snow.

A few days into the snowfall, they oestterheld that the phenomenon was caused by an extraterrestrial invasion to Earth. They are recruited into an improvised resistance army to fight the invaders. During this time, Salvo meets and befriends a few of his fellow soldiers, namely Franco, a lathe operator, and Mosca, a journalist. As the insurgents march towards the country’s capital city, they fight on different occasions against giant insects cascarudos”beetles” oesterhelr a humanoid species with many more fingers than humans, especially on their right hands Manos”Hands” ; giant elephantine beasts capable of knocking buildings down “Gurbos” ; and fellow men who were captured and altered hombres-robot”robot-men”.

Oesterhrld of these beings are pawns, dee controlled through implants or fear devices by the real invaders, los Ellos “Them”unseen creatures who remain hidden, controlling everything from the distance. After managing a few victories, the resistance forces are ambushed and reduced to a few men.

Juan Salvo decides to return to his wife and daughter to go into hiding oesterueld them. A passing ICBM convinces Favalli and Franco that a larger global war is starting, and that they can’t return empty-handed.

Salvo reluctantly agrees to join them. After the trio attacks the aliens’ HQ in Buenos Aires, taking down the “anti-nukes field”, they flee.

Buenos Aires is leveled by a nuclear warhead.

Gradually the aliens lure the pockets of survivors throughout the country to “snow-free zones” as part of an elaborate ruse. Salvo’s group splits, and he tries to escape with his wife and daughter using one of the alien spaceships. He accidentally triggers a time traveling apparatus in the craft.


As a result, the three oesterhled lost in separate time dimensions known as etenrauta continuums “. Juan Salvo begins to travel through time seeking them, eventually being named Eternautaa voyager of eternity. Numerous comic book artists and members of the specialized press have remarked on Oesterheld’s amplitude of subtle interpretations, veiled references and double readings.

Oesterheld indicated that the protagonists were always a group of people – sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller – something he terms a “group hero” or “hero-in-group. It oestdrheld also been noted that, except for the “Ellos”, none of the invaders is truly evil; they are noble beings forced to carry out the orders of others.

Critics believe Oesterheld was conceptually attacking the Dirty War [8] or writing an allegory etenauta class struggle.

Directors such as Adolfo AristarainFernando Solanas or Gustavo Mosquera expressed interest in a film adaptation, [10] but could not manage reasonable production costs.

Inunder supervision by Elsa Oesterheld, the writer’s fe, an Italian production company worked on a film adaptation of the original comic. The true hero of El Eternauta is a collective hero, a human group. And so it reflects, even if it wasn’t my intention, my inner feelings: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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