1001 Roman – Özel Sayi

1001 Roman – Özel Sayi (which translates to ‘1001 Novel – Special Issue’) was published by Türkiye Yayinevi in Turkey from the 3rd of January, 1940 thru till 1946. 75 editions are found in the series, with a mix of comic book characters found in the series, including the Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, Tim Tyler’s Luck, The Lone Ranger, Tarzan and Secret Agent X-9 plus locally created characters.


Türkiye Yayinevi (which translates to ‘Turkey Publishing House’) was established by Tahsin Demiray in 1925. It’s considered to be one of the first publishing houses that started operating after the establishment of the Turkish new state, and received the privilege of publishing the new alphabet after the Alphabet Revolution.

Tahsin Demiray was very influential in the development of children’s magazines/comics in Turkey, publishing highly popular titles at the time including Yavrutürk (1936), Binbir Roman (1939), Ateş (1936), Cumhuriyet Child (1938), Children’s Week (1942), Yıldız, Büyük Ateş (1960) and Altın Işık (1965).


Editions number 1 and 2 in the Özel Sayi series can be seen below, with edition number 1 featuring Mandrake the Magician and edition number 2 featuring The Lone Ranger. The title ‘1001 Roman’ is found at the top of all covers in the series, with the wording ‘Özel Sayi’ found in a circle which also contains the edition number. All editions are published with black and white internal pages in Turkish language.


The Phantom was published in 7 editions in the series.

Özel Sayi No. 3

Published on the 3rd of March 1940, the comic contains 52 pages and measures 14.5cm x 22cm. It contains the Lee Falk and Ray Moore classic story, ‘War in the Jungle’ Part 1.

Özel Sayi No. 8

Published in 1940, the comic contains 42 pages and measures 14.5cm x 22cm. It contains the Lee Falk and Ray Moore classic stories, ‘War in the Jungle’ Part 2 and ‘Little Toma’ Part 1.

Özel Sayi No. 15

Published on the 3rd of March 1941, the comic contains 42 pages and measures 14.5cm x 22cm. It contains the Lee Falk and Ray Moore classic story, ‘The Sky Band’ Part 2.

Özel Sayi No. 26

Published on the 3rd of February 1942, the comic contains 42 pages and measures 15cm x 23cm. It contains the Lee Falk and Ray Moore classic story, ‘Mysterious Protector’.

Özel Sayi No. 30

Published on the 3rd of June 1942, measuring 15cm x 23cm. It contains the Lee Falk and Ray Moore classic story, ‘The Singh Brotherhood’ Part 1.

Özel Sayi No. 39

Published in March 1943, measuring 15cm x 23cm. It contains the Lee Falk and Ray Moore classic story, ‘The Singh Brotherhood’ Part 2.

Özel Sayi No. 52

Published on the 3rd of April 1944, the comic contains 42 pages and measures 15cm x 23cm. It contains the Lee Falk and Ray Moore classic stories, ‘The Singh Brotherhood’ Part 1 & ‘The Sky Band’ Part 1.

A sample of internal pages found in Özel Sayi edition number 52 can be seen below.

11 albums containing from 4 to 6 random editions were also produced, bound in a hardcover format. A copy of the front and back cover of one of these editions can be seen below.