Szekfü Sanya Szekfı, drawn by Lívia Rusz
Sanya Szekfü, drawn by Lívia Rusz

Ferenc Kiss is the founder of Képregény Kedvelök Klubja, the Hungarian Comics Appreciation Society. He is a collector, scriptwriter and historian of comics and one of the last few Hungarian representatives of classic comic book adaptations.

Nagyék, drawn by Béla Rák
Nagyék, drawn by Béla Rák

Born in Budapest, he is a widely known collector in Hungary, who has been into collecting Hungarian comics ever since his childhood. In 1988, he participated in a comic book writing competition held by the popular crossword magazine Füles. He drew the attention of Tibor Cs. Horváth, who was a leading figure of the Hungarian comic book scene at that time. Cs. Horváth invited him to produce scripts for comics to be published by Füles.

Velvet jail, drawn by Attila Fazekas
Velvet jail, drawn by Attila Fazekas

His first adaptation based on László L. Lörincz's 'Földalatti piramis' ('The underground pyramid') was published in 1990. During the last 20 years he adapted more than 80 novels and over a hundred short stories into comics, based either on literary works or on his own concepts.

Aron Semmi, drawn by Attila Fazekas
Aron Semmi, drawn by Attila Fazekas

His much-loved characters are 'Szekfü Sanya', the terror of the Hungarian Plains (who has been invented by Kiss and István Fujkin) and 'Semmi Áron', the desperate unemployed fellow (whose adventures have been drawn by Attila Fazekas). Over the years he has had the chance to work with the country's top classic comic book illustrators, including Lívia Rusz, Ernö Zórád, Attila Fazekas, Endre Sarlós and Mihály Vass.

Aladar and the enchanted lamp, drawn by Ferenc Podmaniczky
Aladar and the enchanted lamp, drawn by Ferenc Podmaniczky

He introduced Dávid Cserkúti, Imre Fekete, Zsolt Garisa, Zoltán "Zerge" Varga and Péter Zsoldos to the readers of Füles. He launched the comic book careers of Gabriella Baracsi, László Csordás, Károly Dönti and Ferenc Podmaniczky. His articles have also been published in France and Romania.

Fluff's miracles drawn by Zsolt Garisa
Fluff's miracles drawn by Zsolt Garisa

Lately he has been actively doing a research on the history of Hungarian comics and is working on assembling an online encyclopedia of related entries. He is the organizer of the monthly meetings of Képregény Kedvelök Klubja (Comics Appreciation Society). From 2010, he has been editing the articles on Hungarian comic book creators at www.lambiek.net.

Ferenc Kiss by Mihály Vass
Ferenc Kiss by Mihály Vass

Last updated: 2013-02-22

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