BUENOS AIRES – Argentine cartoonist Quino, the creator of Mafalda, the curious and quick-witted girl who used humor and irony to call for more democracy in the crisis-prone country, has died at the age of 88, its editor reported on Wednesday.
Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known as Quino, recently suffered a stroke and despite the fact that doctors managed to temporarily stabilize him, his condition worsened, local media reported.
“Quino has died. All good people in the country and in the world will mourn him,” said Daniel Divinsky, his longtime editor, on Twitter.
Quino created Mafalda, an Argentine girl of about five or six with plump black hair and strong political views. The cartoon was eventually published in 27 languages.
He was able to use Mafalda’s apparent innocence to spread scathing criticism of the dictatorships that plagued Latin America from the 1960s, including the Argentine military dictatorship of 1966-1973.
After a failed coup in 1987 against President Raul Alfonsín, Quino published a cartoon by Mafalda with the words: “Yes to democracy! Yes to justice! Yes to freedom! Yes to life!”