Quino, Argentine cartoonist who created Mafalda, dies at 88 | Pop & Art


Quino, an Argentine cartoonist known for creating Mafalda’s comic books, died at the age of 88, confirmed editor Daniel Divinsky on Twitter.

“Quino died. All the good people in the country and the world will mourn him,” he wrote. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Joaquín Salvador Lavado was the creator of the most translated comic books in the Spanish language. He was born in 1932, in Mendoza, Argentina, where he returned to live in 2017, after the death of his wife, Alicia Colombo.

Her name is always associated with that of her most famous character, the six-year-old questioning little girl, a Beatles fan, concerned with fighting social problems and soup at dinner.

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Quino created Mafalda in his first job as an advertising designer, in 1962. The little girl would be the character of an advertising piece, which was rejected by newspapers at the time.

The author resumed the character in 1964. The comic strips, now without advertising purposes, ended up being published in newspapers around the world. Later, books with Mafalda’s stories were translated into more than 30 languages.

Mafalda, from Quino is in a prominent place in the exhibition at Espaço Cultural Renato Russo – Photo: Reproduction / Quino

The character also became the protagonist of a film, produced in Argentina and released in 1982.

In addition to the little girl, the strips also made famous characters like Manolito, Susanita, Guille, Filipe and Libertad.

In 1973, after almost 2,000 comic strips, Quino decided that he would not draw Mafalda anymore.

In an interview in 2014, asked if the character would keep her critical eye on the world so many years later, Quino said yes. “And there are even more arguments. If you see the papers, you don’t even have to ask why.”

After quitting his role, Quino continued to create stories with a political tone, often about oppression and social inequality, for newspapers in several countries.


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