Liberal, charming, well-educated and exquisitely respectful, that’s how many will remember Antonio Mingote‘s artwork, but also his persona, character and image.
The Catalan-born, Madrilian-adopted legend who died last Tuesday was considered by many the most successful cartoonist in Spain, whose contemporary history couldn’t really be understood without him. 80 years dedicated to the art of political & social satire and whose tramps, bourgeois young men and easily-shocked women have covered one of the oldest Spanish newspapers (ABC) for over 59 years.
Being 13, in 1932 he published his very first drawing on the ABC-supplement Black&White, prior to joining the newspaper in 1953 for a long & fruitful relationship… he even got to draw many covers for the Madrid-based publication, something rarely seen on Spanish newspapers.
When arriving to the capital (in 1944) he quickly became friend with Rafael Azcona who introduced him to the most successful humor publication at that time: La Codorniz. And even if he had a promising career within the army, as soon as he could live from his drawings he didn’t hesitate to leave it. After collaborating with other local publications and signing with ABC he definitely made the jump in 1954.
Needless to mention the large number of awards, novels (also some graphic ones) and even a 1978 film he produced during his career, Spanish cartoonism is a little bit emptier now.