Thu, 22 Oct 2020

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejon, better known as Quino, creator of the beloved character Mafalda, died on Wednesday aged 88, his team announced on social media.

"Family and friends ... this morning our Dear Teacher, Quino, passed away," the official account Mafalda Digital wrote.

Quino gained an international reputation thanks to his emblematic Mafalda, known for her concern for humanity and world peace.

Mafalda debuted on Sept. 29, 1964. Feisty but affectionate, the character was created as part of an appliance advertisement campaign that was never run. A comic strip featuring Mafalda later received serial publication in the newspaper El Mundo until June 25, 1973.

Quino's Mafalda books have been translated into 26 languages, with more than 20 million copies sold in Argentina alone.

The author was born in the Argentine city of Mendoza, capital of the province of the same name, on July 17, 1932, and died in his hometown.

Buenos Aires daily newspaper La Nacion said, "his Andalusian parents invented it (the nickname) to differentiate him from his uncle, also called Joaquin, and from whom he inherited his passion as a cartoonist."

The Royal Spanish Academy said on Twitter, "His incisive words traveled both sides of the Atlantic thanks to his cartoons and peculiar sense of humor."

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