Cavall Fort has been, for fifty-three years, the most important, influential, and beloved comics magazine published in Catalan, and a major source of great graphic design and thoughtful illustration in Spanish comics overall. That it’s aimed at children and teenagers, after the model of Franco-Belgian weeklies like Spirou, Tintin, and Pilote, is no strike against it — in fact it smuggled classic Franco-Belgian cartoonists like Hergé, Franquin, Peyo, Morris, Uderzo, Tillieux, Fred, and Greg into Spain decades before they would be translated into Castilian Spanish. The above ten covers were chosen, not quite at random, from the first four hundred issues, or roughly twenty years, under the editorial direction of the magazine’s founder Josep Tremoleda. Their beauty, originality, and eclectic design sense was a hallmark of Cavall Fort between 1961 and 1979, the sort of painterly cartooning associated in the US primarily with sophisticated outlets like the New Yorker.
It’s a mark of how respected Cavall Fort was that the third image above is by Joan Miró. The others I can identify are Josep Maria Madorell (2), Josep Maria Subirachs (5), Cesc (6), and Picanyol (9). All of them were taken from this glorious page cataloging most of the magazine’s run. I could easily have posted another couple dozen from the era, and many more from after, and maybe I will; none of this, after all, is #spanish comics in the 80s.