Mosaik is a German comic book. First published in December, 1955, it is the longest running German (and European) monthly comic book and the only one originating in East Germany that still exists.Mosaik was created by illustrator and caricaturist Hannes Hegen. From 1955 to 1975, the protagonists of Mosaik were Dig, Dag and Digedag, known together as the Digedags. They were replaced in 1976 by Abrax, Brabax and Califax, known together as the Abrafaxe, who are still the main characters of the book today.More than 200 million issues have been sold from 1955 until today. In its best times, prior to German reunification, Mosaik had a print run of almost a million books per month. After reunification, the print run has varied from more than 100,000 in the early 1990s to about 80,000 in 2007.
The East German publisher Verlag Neues Leben had wanted to counter Western comics and magazines with a magazine of their own when Hannes Hegen approached them with his ideas about Mos