Mafalda - Fanlisting

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Guille «Mafadda, cuando un paíz ze gazta, ¿adónde lo tidan?».


Characters of the Mafalda comic strip

Mafalda is a comic strip written and drawn between 1964 and 1973 by the Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known by his pen name Quino (born the 17th of July, 1932).

Joaquín Lavado, Quino

The strip features a girl named Mafalda who is deeply concerned about global politics, humanity and world peace and rebels against the world as it is. She wants to become an interpreter for the UN so that she can translate the way she wants and help solving international conflicts. Mafalda's friends: Felipe, Manolito, Susanita, Miguelito and Libertad, and her brother Guille also play an important role in the strips. Parents and teachers are secondary characters that appear occasionally, even though Mafalda's parents appear more often.

Characters of the Mafalda strip

Mafalda was originally intended for an advertising campaign in 1963. The advertising campaign was scrapped but he reused some of the material for the Mafalda series a year later. Mafalda is the most popular character created by Quino, and even though he created other characters and strips, Mafalda will always be attached to his name in popular culture.

First strip: 1963
First strip of Mafalda

Last strip: 1974
Last strip of Mafalda

Mafalda may seem to be another strip featuring a child protagonist, but its contents are usually closer to reality and also more adult than other similar strips. On their first editions, Mafalda books included the warning “Not suitable for children”. Despite this, these characters can be seen by the readers as real children with real parents, and not as adults in a child's body. Besides, most of its dialogues are still refering, unfortunately, to current events in international politics.

Mafalda from Quino to Raúl Alfonsín

Mafalda is a well-known character in Latin America as well as in Spain, Italy, Greece and France, and the strips have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Besides being published periodically in several newspapers such as Primera Plana, El Mundo of Buenos Aires, or Siete Días Ilustrados, most of the strips have been published in small books and in larger compilations such as Diez años con Mafalda, Mafalda inédita o Todo Mafalda.


Despite the fact that Mafalda strips stopped being published regularly in 1973, Quino has retaken its characters on a number of occasions to support several campaigns from various organizations such as UNICEF o, more recently, against certain misogynous comments by Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Mafalda vs. Berlusconi

Mafalda book covers

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