Comics are an important part of publishing market in Poland. The creativity of authors brings numerous publications every single year. The stories presented in a graphic way are various. Some of them are focused on serious topics; other are educational. There is also an impressive amount of comics dedicated to fans of fantasy and the youngest readers.
Apart from the world famous comics, Polish still appreciate the ones by the native authors. Many of these stories are related to the social and historical issues. Moreover, Polish authors of comics are recognized worldwide. Therefore, we would like to suggest you read at least a few of them.
Kajko i Kokosz (Kajko and Kokosz)
A comic about two friends, who experience fantastic adventures. They seem to be a little bit similar to Asterix and Obelix. The author, Janusz Christa started to publish the series about them in the 1970s and continued during the 1980s. It stays very popular for over forty years. The volumes were translated into the local dialects like Silesian, Kashubian, and language used by highlanders from Podhale.
The comics about Kajko and Kokosz was a continuation of the story about Kajtek and Koko, the descendants. The first small story related to Kajtek and Koko was printed on April 29, 1968, and it was titled ”Kajtek and Koko in cosmos”. Although Kajko and Kokosz were ancestors of space travelers, their story was published much later. The hidden messages included in comics show the reality of the Communist-ruled country.
Koziolek Matołek (Matołek the Billy-Goat)
Known in English as Matołek the Billy-Goat is one of the eldest and the most famous Polish comics. It was published for the first time in 1933. Koziołek Matołek has two fathers: Kornel Makuszyński and Marian Walentynowicz. Makuszyński was an iconic writer, who created plenty remarkable stories for children, Walentynowicz created the visual part. The story describes the adventures of friendly goat, who travels the world to arrive at Pacanów. As the time passed by, it became a classic and cult part of the canon of children’s literature.
Wiedzmin (The Witcher)
Based on the famous novel The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski. Printed in six volumes describe various short stories about the characters well known not only from literature but also from the movie and computer games. It was published for the first time in years 1993-1995. It was well received by fans of fantasy literature.
Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek (Tytus, Romek and A’Tomek)
It is the comics published for the longest amount of time in the entire history of Polish comics. Created by Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski (known as Papcio Chmiel) in 1957 was published until 2009. The main characters of the series are Romek and A’Tomek, two Boy Scouts, and Tytus de Zoo, a chimpanzee with the ability of human speech. Each comic explained different adventure of these three, many of them included the elements of science fiction or parodies related to the recent events.The dialogs consist the slang from pre-World War II period, but also words from other European languages. Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek stopped to be published due to the decision of the author.
Kapitan Żbik (Captain Żbik)
The series published in years 1967 – 1982. It is a story of Jan Żbik, a Milicja Obywatelska captain. Captain Żbik was an answer to the social moods related to the political system. Due to the success of the comics, 53 volumes were published. In 2006 the fame of Captain Żbik became loud once again when the story of his grandson, Michał Maciej Żbik, was released as series of comics titled Komisarz Żbik (Commissioner Żbik).
Westerplatte: Załoga śmierci (Westerplatte: The death’s crew)
The comic describes the story of the beginning of World War II at small peninsula known as Westerplatte. The story that makes the plot took place in September 1939. Authors created a comic based on real chronology and historical events. Moreover, the comic consists realistic drawings, but also the plans of the peninsula, buildings, etc. The comic includes the historical comment, presentation of military formations of two sides of the conflict (Polish Army, Polish Navy, Wehrmacht, SS, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine).