Argentine Comic Master Quino Dies Aged 88


The famous Argentine cartoonist Quino has passed away at the age of 88.  The most famous work of Quino in his life was the creation of the famous comic image Mafalda in 1964. Through the dialogue between the little girl Mafada and others, the cartoon expresses Quino’s own criticism and irony of the social situation in sharp language.

Daniel Divinsky, head of the Buenos Aires publishing house Ediciones de la Flor, wrote on Twitter: “Quino has passed away. Therefore, all the good people in this country and the world will mourn him. .”

After the news, many people went to the San Telmo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires and placed flowers next to a group of statues of “Mafada” cartoon characters located there to express their grief for this famous Argentine cartoonist Quino.

Background of Quino

Quino, formerly known as Joaquin Salvador Lavado, was born in Mendoza, Argentina. He is a descendant of Spanish immigrants. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mandoza, he released his first comic at the age of 18.

Then, in 1964, he created Mafada, a 6-year-old girl who hates communism and soup and loves The Beatles for electrical marketing. The comic strip ran from 1964 to 1973, which first appeared in the Argentine weekly Primera Plana in 1964. It was then very popular in Latin America, Europe, Quebec and Asia.

The story of Mafada has been translated into more than ten languages, including Chinese, and has become one of the cultural symbols of Argentina along with tango and football.

Quino fled to Milan after the Argentine military coup in 1976. He became a Spanish citizen in 1990 and lived in Madrid, Paris, Milan and Buenos Aires during his lifetime. He continued to work as a cartoonist until he retired in 2006.

Quino has won numerous international awards. For example, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the birth of Mafada, he won the Communication and Humanities Award of the Prince of Asturias Award in Spain in 2014. The Prince of Asturias Award was founded in 1980 and has a high reputation in Europe and the Americas. It is known as the Nobel Prize in Spanish.

This cartoonist who loves his hometown uses his pen to show a 40-year history of the rise and fall of Argentina. Everyone who understands him will understand that he describes the entire human world.


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