Primera Plana

Primera Plana
Categories Political magazine
Cultural magazine
News magazine
Frequency Weekly
Founder Jacobo Timerman
Year founded 1962
Final issue 1973
Country Argentina
Based in Buenos Aires
Language Spanish
ISSN 0032-8375
OCLC number 5628081

Primera Plana was a weekly glossy political, cultural and current affairs magazine published in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 1962 and 1973. The magazine was very influential in shaping the journalism tradition in the country.[1][2]

History and profile

Primera Plana was created in 1962 by Jacobo Timerman.[1][3] The magazine modeled on Newsweek and Time magazines.[3][4] It was founded to support for the supposedly liberal wing of the military forces.[1] The headquarters of the magazine was in Buenos Aires.[5]

The magazine was published on a weekly basis[6] and featured articles on culture and current affairs.[7] The weekly had a nationalist stance.[7] It also supported for cultural nationalism and modernization as well as political authoritarianism.[1]

It was the first magazine to publish the comic strip Mafalda.[3] Mafalda, produced by Joaquin Salvador Lavado, was first published in the magazine on 29 September 1964.[8][9] Primera Plana was also the first magazine in Argentine which published a list of best-selling books.[1][10] In June 1964 the magazine initiated an annual literary prize.[7] In 1967 Daniel Moyano's novel El Oscuro won the prize.[11]

Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa was the Lima correspondent of Primera Plana.[12] Argentine author Tomas Eloy Martinez was one of the editors-in-chief of the magazine.[12]

During its existence Primera Plana was closed down by military government several times.[7] In 1971 Juan Perón acquired the magazine when he was in exile in Spain.[3] It ceased publication in 1973.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Mariano Ben Plotkin (2001). Freud in the Pampas: The Emergence and Development of a Psychoanalytic Culture in Argentina. Stanford University Press. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-8047-4060-9. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. Marysa Navarro (Winter 2009). "The Sixties in Argentina". ReVista. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 4 David William Foster; Melissa Fitch Lockhart; Darrell B. Lockhart (1 January 1998). Culture and Customs of Argentina. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-313-30319-7. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  4. Todd L. Edwards (2008). Argentina: A Global Studies Handbook. ABC-CLIO. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-85109-986-3. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  5. "ICAA Records". ICAA. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  6. John King (2012). "'Ya nunca más seríamos lo que éramos' : Tomás Eloy Martínez and Primera Plana in the 1960s". Bulletin of Latin American Research. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  7. 1 2 3 4 Laura Podalsky (2004). Specular City: Transforming Culture, Consumption, and Space in Buenos Aires, 1955-1973. Temple University Press. p. 156. ISBN 978-1-56639-948-7. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  8. Luciana Palacios. "Mafalda, a 50 years old little girl". The Munich Eye. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  9. "Mafalda's creator 'Quino' wins Prince of Asturias Award". Buenos Aires Herald. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  10. Michael Goebel (2011). Argentina's Partisan Past: Nationalism and the Politics of History. Liverpool University Press. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-84631-238-0. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  11. Andrew Graham-Yooll (3 July 1992). "Obituary: Daniel Moyano". The Independent. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  12. 1 2 Sebastian Rotella (4 July 1996). "A Cultural Capital: Despite the 'Dirty War' of the '70s, Buenos Aires is still a Literary Haven". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
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