Argentinian cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, creator of the comic strip Mafalda, has died at the age of 88, his editor Daniel Divinsky announced on Wednesday
« Quino is dead All the good people in the country and the world will mourn him, » Divinsky, director of Ediciones de la Flor in Buenos Aires, wrote on Twitter.
Under the pseudonym « Quino », the cartoonist created Mafalda in 1964, and the tape gained popularity in newspapers in Latin America, Europe and much of Asia before being transformed in pounds
Quino was born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1932, the son of Spanish immigrants He studied at the city’s college of fine arts before having his first cartoon published at the age of 18
He created Mafalda – an irreverent 6-year-old who hates communism and soup and loves the Beatles – for an advertising campaign for electrical appliances
In the series, Quino reflects the adult world seen through the eyes of a group of children, with the ironic and non-conformist Mafalda as the central character
Following the military coup in Argentina in 1976, Quino fled to Milan, before becoming a Spanish citizen in 1990 He lived alternately in Madrid, Paris, Milan and Buenos Aires
In addition to numerous international awards for graphic humor, he received the prestigious Prince of Asturias of Spain award for communication and humanities in 2014
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