Here’s Why You Should Be Familiar With Mafalda, One Of The Best Latino Cartoons Of All Time
The little girl with the headband and short dress is turning 54-years-old this week and we’re celebrating Mafalda with an early birthday party. If you haven’t heard about this Argentine comic strip character, here’s a refresher on why she has been so important for the last several decades. You’ll recognize her but it’s important to learn who she is.
Mafalda was created by Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado in 1964.
Known by his pen name, Quino, the Argentine cartoonist launched the comic strip on September 29, 1964. Mafalda was an homage to an Argentine character from “Dar la cara” and she is six-years-old at the time she is featured in his cartoon stories.
Mafalda is one tough little cookie.
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Mafalda’s dress might make her look sweet, but she has a tough demeanor, with some serious attitude problems. Although she is greatly concerned about world peace and humanity, Mafalda hates soup, so you won’t catch her going 😍 over a caldo de pollo.
Meet some of her friends.
Along with Mafalda, some of the other colorful characters readers met in the comic strip included Manolito, the son of a Spanish shopkeeper in town who has an entrepreneurial spirit]. Felipe is the oldest member of this group of friends, and dislikes school, instead playing pretend and reading comic books. Other friends that make appearances in the comic strip include Susanita, Guille, Libertad and Muriel.
Mafalda has been featured all over pop culture.
The Argentine little girl could be found in books as well, which spanned in publishing years from 1966-1974. In 1991, a special commemorative book was published, called “10 Años con Mafalda” (Ten years with Mafalda.) The books were published in English, Chinese and Spanish.
Mafalda’s influence has withstood the test of time and spans the globe.
Mafalda’s legacy lives on in many ways. You can find her on protest signs, doll figurines, sitting on a park bench as a statue and she was even named one of the top 10 most influential women in Argentina. Not bad for a 10-year-old at the time the cartoon strip stopped publication in the ’70s! Mafalda questioned the world by talking about capitalism, the Vietnam War, the meaning of life and showed support of what seemed like a controversial band at the time—The Beatles! Mafalda l-o-v-e-d the Beatles.
An examiner of humanity, Mafalda truly showed great things (and great communicators) come in pint-sized packages.