Today in Latin American History
Argentine Comic Strip Mafalda was First Published in 1964
Today in Latin American history, the Argentine comic strip Mafalda was published for the first time in 1964.
Written and drawn by Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, also known as Quino, the strip features a 6-year-old girl named Mafalda.
She reflects the Latin American middle class and progressive youth, which is concerned about humanity and world peace and rebels against the world bequeathed by their elders.
The strip ran from 1964 to 1973 and was very popular in Latin America, Europe, Quebec, and in Asia, leading to two animated cartoon series and a book.
The comic originally ran in Argentina’s Primera Plana newspaper.
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