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Kalle Anka & C:o

Kalle Anka & C:o is a Swedish weekly Disney comics magazine, published by Egmont. The 52-page comic, launched in September 1948, is the overall best-selling Swedish comic magazine. In the early years, the comic printed translated stories from the United States, including Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Four Color and other Dell Comics Disney titles; as Disney comics production waned in the United States in the 1960s, Kalle Anka began printing more European-produced content, from Scandinavia and Italy. Now, Kalle Anka & C:o and its Scandinavian sister editions Anders And & C:o and Donald Duck & C:o are identical, apart from the language. Today, the comic is read by all age groups; as of 2019, more than 3,300 issues have been published. The magazine had a circulation of 225,000 in 1990 and 65,300 in 2010; the original page count of the comic was 36 pages. Starting in 1992, the page count was increased to 48 pages, in 1997, increased again to 64 pages. Today, the magazine consists of 52 pages. In the summer and some holidays, the number of pages is increased to 96 pages.

The first Swedish Disney comics magazine was the annual Musse Piggs julbok, first published by Åhlén & Åkerlunds Förlags in 1936. Each 36-page annual reprinted a complete continuity from the US Mickey Mouse comic strip by Floyd Gottfredson, appearing in Swedish newspapers and weekly magazines since 1930. In this case, "Christmas" was just the time of year that parents bought annuals for their kids, had no relation to the content—the 1936 Julbok featured the strip's 1935 storyline "The Pirate Submarine", the cover featured Mickey shooting at a nasty-looking V-1 submarine as the terrified crew jumps overboard. There were five editions of Musse Piggs julbok, issued from 1936 to 1940. In 1941, the title was changed to Kalle Ankas julbok, the book contained reprints of Al Taliaferro's Donald Duck comic strip, running in Swedish newspapers since 1938; this tradition lasted for decades, printing Taliaferro strips with old-fashioned 1940s-style covers, until the final issue was released in 2017. In 1937 and 1938, publishing house Åhlén & Åkerlunds Offsettryckeri published a weekly Musse Pigg Tidningen, the Swedish equivalent of the American Mickey Mouse Magazine and British Mickey Mouse Weekly.

This was the first Swedish comics magazine, contained both Disney and non-Disney material. Each 20-page issue included original material, written by Roland Romell and drawn by Lars Byland and Birger Allernäs. One regular feature was a one-page comic called "Småpiggarnas äventyr", starring Mickey's nephews Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse fighting with Donald Duck. Another one-pager, "Defektivbyrån!", was a redrawn version of a strip created by Wilfred Haughton for the UK magazine starring Goofy and Toby Tortoise. Serialized stories included "Musse Pigg i jättarnas land", an adaptation of the 1933 short Giantland, "Don Musse", a parody of Don Quixote starring Mickey as Quixote and Donald as Sancho Panza; the magazine lasted for 23 issues, ceased publication in 1938. By 1938, when Musse Pigg Tidningen stopped publishing, Donald had become a more popular character than Mickey, Kalle Anka became the headline character for the majority of Swedish Disney comics titles from on. In 1948, Danish publishing group Gutenberghus acquired a license from Walt Disney Productions to publish comics in Scandinavia.

In September, Kalle Anka & C:o was launched in Sweden. Norway followed in December 1948 with Donald Duck & Co, with Denmark's Anders And & C:o launching in March 1949, Finland's Aku Ankka in December 1951. At the beginning, the magazine was 36 pages long, the comics and covers were all reprints from American Disney comics Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, the flagship of the American Disney magazines. For the first five issues, the contents were printed half in full color and half in two colors, alternating with each two-page spread. With the sixth issue in February 1949, the entire comic was printed in full color. Like WDC&S, the early issues of Kalle Anka & C:o began with a 10-page Donald Duck story by Carl Barks; the second feature was a "Lilla Stygga Vargen" story by Paul Murry. This would be followed by a two-page illustrated text story, two to eight pages of other material from the comic featuring characters like Pluto, Dumbo and Chip'n' Dale; the rest of the pages were filled with reprints of gag strips from the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck comic strips.

An issue of Kalle Anka wasn't a reprint of any specific WDC&S issue. About 50,000 copies of the first issue were printed. According to Seriesamlarna, it's Sweden's most valuable comic book, with an estimated value of 250,000 SEK. In 1999, a copy was sold for 170,000 SEK; the characters on the first issue's iconic red cover were copied from other sources. The figure of Donald and pointing up at the title, was lifted from a panel in Taliaferro's February 12, 1944 Donald Duck comic strip, the three nephews from a panel in Barks' story "Wired". Starting in 1950, Kalle Anka & C:o started publishing occasional "B-number" issues printing translations of Dell's Four Color one-shots; the first B-number was the adaptation of the new film Cinderella, published in the US as Four Color #272 (Apr

Berge Setrakian

Berge Setrakian, is a lawyer and the current President of the Armenian General Benevolent Union since 2002. Setrakian has a Master Degrees in French and Comparative Laws and after practicing law for some years in Beirut, joined the law firm of Whitman & Ransom in the 1970s and now practices law as a Partner with the firm DLA Piper. Setrakian has served the AGBU in various leadership positions for many years and was elected member of the Central Board of Directors in 1977, was from 1992 Vice President and Secretary during the presidency of Louise Manoogian Simone, he was recognized with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his work on behalf of the Armenian-American community. Priorities and Challenges for Armenians lecture by Berge Setrakian at the American University of Armenia on January 30, 2015. Demystifying The Armenian Diaspora, an interview with Berge Setrakian on CivilNet TV