2020-09-30 19:02:39 UTC
(when you scroll down, the photo of the books has Spanish editions on the left and the English editions - Mafalda & Friends - on the right)
The Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, who created the character Mafalda, has died aged 88 in Mendoza, the city where he was born.
Mafalda, the cartoon about the adventures of a six-year-old girl of the same name, is immensely popular in the Spanish-speaking world.
Lavado wrote and drew the comics between 1964 and 1973 but they are still being reprinted to this day.
Mafalda is so popular she even has her own statues in Argentina and in Spain.
The comic, which first appeared in the Argentine weekly Primer Plana in 1964, features the daily life of Mafalda, the daughter of a typical middle-class Argentine couple, whom she often baffles with her insightful questions.
Mafalda hates soup and wants world peace.
Mafalda's wit and her sharp observations of the adult world ensured the comic's popularity, which was translated into 26 languages.
Quino drew the comic strips for nine years until in 1973, he decided to stop. Asked about his decision, decades later, the graphic artist said he wanted to avoid repetition.
"It's the same for many artists - for example, I've had enough of Botero's chubby people," he said referring to the Colombian painter whose paintings feature portly animals and characters.
He also said that the changing political landscape in Latin America influenced his decision to stop drawing Mafalda.
"After the coup d'etat in Chile, the situation in Latin America became very bloody," he said about the 1973 ousting from power of Salvador Allende by Gen August Pinochet in the neighbouring country.
"If I had continued drawing her [Mafalda], they would have shot me once, or four times," he said referring to the attacks on artists and intellectuals who opposed right-wing military regimes in Latin America.
Quino left Argentina for Italy in March 1976, days after a military junta had seized power in his native country. Thousands of political opponents were rounded up and killed under military rule.
After democracy returned to Argentina in 1983, Quino split his time between Buenos Aires, Madrid and Milan.
He continued to work as a cartoonist until he retired in 2006.
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There are many obits in Spanish and other languages, of course.
BUENOS AIRES - Argentine cartoonist Quino, the creator of Mafalda, the inquisitive and quick-witted girl who used humor and irony to call for greater democracy in the crisis-prone country, has died at the age of 88, his editor reported Wednesday.
Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known as Quino, recently suffered a stroke and, despite the fact that doctors managed to temporarily stabilize him, his condition worsened, local media reported.
"Quino died. All the good people in the country and the world will mourn him," said Daniel Divinsky, his longtime editor, said on Twitter.
RIP to brilliant Quino, the creator of #Mafalda a character who served as the voice of global revolutions, womxn rights, anti consumerism and as an astute critic of middle class respectability across Latin America and the world. #quinoeterno pic.twitter.com/mG73okYFAN
— Arlene Dávila (@arlenedavila1) September 30, 2020
Quino created Mafalda, an Argentine girl of about five or six with bulging black hair and strong political views. The cartoon was eventually published in 27 languages.
He was able to use Mafalda's apparent innocence to spread scathing criticism of the dictatorships that plagued Latin America from the 1960s, including Argentina's 1966-1973 military dictatorship.
After a failed 1987 coup against President Raul Alfonsín, Quino published a cartoon of Mafalda saying "Yes to democracy! Yes to justice! Yes to freedom! Yes to life!"