Os 2 Amigos (1946)
Jayme Cortez is considered one of the grandmasters of Brazilian comics. He was born Jaime Cortez Martins in Lisbon, Portugal, and began his career in 1944 in the magazine O Mosquito as an apprentice of Eduardo Teixeira Coelho. For this magazine, he created comics like the serial 'Os 2 Amigos'. In 1947, he emigrated to Brazil, where he settled in São Paulo and initially became a newspaper cartoonist for O Dia. He returned to comics with the strips 'Caça aos Tubarões' and 'O Guarany' in the journal Diário da Noite. He also became a cover artist and art director for the publishing house Editora La Selva.
In 1948, he worked with Messias de Melo for Gazeta Juvenil and Gazeta Esportiva. Following the censorship imposed on American comics in the 1950s, the local production of horror and children's comics increased. Cortez supervised a large part of this production for titles like Terror Negro, Sobrenatural, Contos de Fada and Mazzaropi magazine.
Cortez was also on the vanguard of the promotion of comics, and was co-initiator of one of the world's first comics exhibitions ever, in São Paulo in 1951. Later, he worked for the McCann Ericson advertising company, and even had a short stint as a film actor in the 1970s. Jayme Cortez has won several prizes for his illustrations, and his work has been exhibited in Brazil's most important museum, the Masp in São Paulo.
Os 2 Amigos na Cidade Dos Montros Marinhos (1946)