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Quino, creator of beloved cartoon character Mafalda, dies at 88

Buenos Aires: Argentinian cartoonist Quino, the creator of Mafalda, the inquisitive and quick-witted girl who used humour and irony to call for greater democracy, has died at the age of 88, his editor reported.

Joaquin Salvador Lavado, better known as Quino, recently suffered a stroke and, despite the fact that doctors managed to temporarily stabilise him, his condition worsened, local media reported.

Quino created Mafalda, an Argentinian girl of about six years old with bulging black hair and strong political views. The cartoon was eventually published in 27 languages.

Quino poses next to his character at The World According to Mafalda exhibition in Buenos Aires, in 2014.

Quino poses next to his character at The World According to Mafalda exhibition in Buenos Aires, in 2014.Credit:AP

He was able to use Mafalda’s apparent innocence to spread scathing criticism of the dictatorships that plagued Latin America from the 1960s, including Argentina’s 1966-1973 military dictatorship.

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