|Parent company||Grupo Zeta (1986–2017)|
Penguin Random House (2017–present)
|Predecessor||El Gato Negro|
|Founder||Juan Bruguera Teixidó|
|Country of origin||Spain|
|Key people||Pantaleón Bruguera, Francisco Bruguera Grane|
|Publication types||Comics, magazines, books|
|Fiction genres||Humor, Literature|
Editorial Bruguera is a Spanish publishing house based in Barcelona, which was devoted mainly to the production of popular literature and comics. It was created in 1910 as El Gato Negro, changed its name in 1940 and came to possess, as indicated by Jesús Cuadrado:
An industrial plant (in Parets del Vallès), an advertising division (Nueva Línea), a library (Proa), a distributor (Libresa), stamps subsidiaries (Ceres), several branches in the Spanish territory delegations outside (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Lisbon, Mexico, Portugal, Venezuela), and an internal communication newsletter (Nosotros).
In 1986 Bruguera was acquired by Grupo Zeta, which renamed it Ediciones B. The Bruguera name was revived in 2006. As of 2018, the publisher has shifted its focus towards comic books and graphic novels.
In 2017, Grupo Zeta sold all its book publishers, including Bruguera and Ediciones B, to Penguin Random House.
It was founded in 1910 by Juan Bruguera Teixidó under the name El Gato Negro and specialising in popular literature, joke books and especially in comic magazines. They followed the example of the Spanish comic magazine TBO (founded in 1917) and in 1921 they created Pulgarcito which proved very successful. They published another twenty magazines including Charlot (1928) with content of Film Fun.
After Juan Bruguera's death in 1933 his sons, Pantaleón and Francisco Bruguera Grane, succeeded him.
Pantaleón and Francisco Bruguera changed the name from El Gato Negro to Editorial Bruguera in 1939.
In 1947 the publishing house increased profits with other comics such as El Campeón (1948), Super Pulgarcito (1949), Magos de la Risa (1949) and El DDT (1951); romance novels of Corín Tellado and western novels (notably the ones of Marcial Lafuente Estefanía) and adventure comics such as El Cachorro or Capitán Trueno. In 1957 a group of comic artists tried to secede from the publisher and founded their own magazine Tío Vivo, but they didn't succeed and in 1960 the magazine was acquired by Bruguera. Bruguera also published a comic for girls Sissi.
By then, Bruguera was one of the largest publishers of comics in Spain, along with Cliper, Hispano Americana y Toray. Over time, the family business also became a truly multinational publisher, being implemented in several countries in Latin America.
Since the mid-1960s, they launched new magazines such as Din Dan (1965), Bravo (1968) and Gran Pulgarcito (1969) in which the influence of television is clear. They also published in Spain Franco-Belgian comics such as Asterix or Blueberry, always beating their competitors.
In the 1970s they increased their production of comics, taking advantage of their feature characters and combining new and old material.
In the literature field, they lost lawsuits against Corín Tellado and Marcial Lafuente Estefanía in 1974, so they started to publish material by Jorge Amado, Jorge Luis Borges, García Márquez, Juan Marsé o Juan Carlos Onetti. They also launched two pocket book collections: Libro Clásico and Libro Amigo.
In the early 1980s books such as Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez became big best-sellers. Despite this, the publishing house filed for bankruptcy on 7 June 1982.
In 1986 it was acquired by Grupo Z and transformed into Ediciones B.
It was briefly relaunched under Ediciones B from 2006 to 2010.
In the field of comics, the role played by the Editorial Bruguera after the Spanish Civil War was fundamental, especially its humor publications. Directed by Rafael González Martínez, the Editorial Bruguera cartoonists created an easily recognisable style (called "Escuela Bruguera") that was halfway between children's entertainment and a satire of manners.
Comics titles and characters published by Editorial Bruguera included: