Yesterday, died in Buenos Aires, after a failed operation to the heart, Manuel Garcia Ferre, an Argentine cartoonist and screenwriter who was listed as one of the greatest exponents of children cartoons of that country.
Petete, Hijitus, Anteojito and Larguirucho are some of the creations of Garcia Ferre, who said during an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta, that despite being an editor and director of cinema, he considered himself as a drawer.
Garcia Ferre was born in Almeria in 1929, but arrived in Argentina in 1946, marked by the consequences of the Spanish Civil War.
“At that time, in Spain there was no toys; then, I made my own toys. A skill that emerged from the need to play”, said.
“El libro gordo de Petete was a kind of Icarito who taught the children about history and science, and was very popular. I know people who still has it. Struck deep in the collective unconscious”, said Carlos Reyes, creator of the site Ergocomics.