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Quino y su controvertida Mafalda

Hoy 30 de septiembre de 2020 ha fallecido el humorista gráfico más internacional y más traducido del idioma español; y quizás también el más entrañable: Joaquín Salvador Lavado, Quino.Había nacido el 17 de julio de 1932 en Mendoza (Argentina), y tenía por tanto 88 años. En esa misma ciudad residía ahora, atendido por sus sobrinos desde que se trasladó allí en noviembre de 2017 tras morir su esposa, Alicia Colombo. El nombre de Quino estará ligado para siempre al más famoso de sus personajes: Mafalda; la niña sabia y respondona.


Quino, creator of Mafalda comic character, dies aged 88

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 Primera 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.

Taken from BBC News