Cuban cartoonist Antonio Prohias’ ‘Spy vs Spy’ headed for Hollywood and the big screen

Antonio Prohias was a celebrated cartoonist in Cuba before he came to the U.S. and started drawing his “Spy vs Spy” stories for Mad Magazine.

Strange as it may seem, Prohias helped me immensely in exile by giving me a sense of pride and confidence.

Simply put, he proved to me immediately upon landing in the U.S. that I never had to ask myself the question “can I ever make it in this country?”

He had been part of my childhood in Cuba, and one of my favorite cartoonists. Then I ended up in the U.S. and almost immediately saw that he had transitioned into the American mainstream and found himself a leading role in what I then thought was the most prestigious and influential publication in the U.S.: Mad magazine. (Of course, only a 12-year-old boy would think of Mad as prestigious and influential)

He also drew very funny political cartoons for the Cuban exile humor tabloid Zig Zag, which I sold door-to-door in Little Havana. He was American and still very Cuban, simultaneously.

The man had made it. All Cubans can make it. We’re all great, capable of anything. Nothing can stop us. Nada, nada, nada.

Looking up from the absolute bottom of American society, penniless, fatherless, starving, living in a home full of tough pandilleros who delighted in making my life miserable, Prohias made me laugh and made me realize that the sky was the limit here in the Land of the Free.

Now, finally, his “Spy vs Spy” characters seem to be on their way to movie stardom. Let’s hope Hollywood can do justice to his work.

From the one and only Daily Mail

Nearly 60 years after Spy vs. Spy first debuted as a comic strip in the pages of Mad Magazine, it’s getting closer to arriving on the big screen.

Warner Bros. is in talks with director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Skyscraper) to direct the live-action adaptation, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer producing through their Imagine Entertainment company.

Both Howard and Grazer have been trying to get this project off the ground for nearly a decade.

Spy vs. Spy was created by Cuban cartoonist Antonio Prohias, who defected from Cuba just days before Fidel Castro took over the free press.

The first Spy vs. Spy comic strip debuted in January 1961, featuring two spies, one clad in all white, the other in all black, engaged in battle with one another using all sorts of spy techniques, tricks and traps.

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2 thoughts on “Cuban cartoonist Antonio Prohias’ ‘Spy vs Spy’ headed for Hollywood and the big screen”

  1. That’s great news! Years ago, when exiles were still wet behind the ears and there weren’t that many high profile Cubans around, I, too, remember how proud, I was when I heard that “Spy vs. Spy” the cartoon strip from the immensely popular Mad Magazine was created by a Cuban!

  2. Generally speaking, apart from the inevitable exceptions which are always a minority, the best people in Cuba left the island–as was bound to be the case. That left Cuba grievously impoverished in all sorts of ways, and it certainly showed and has kept showing. Gracias, Fidel.

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