Roberto Fontanarrosa, the great Argentine illustrator, was born on a day like today

Roberto “The Black” Fontanarrosa, was born on November 26, 1944, in the city of Rosario. And he was a comedian, writer and cartoonist of both national and international recognition.

In 1968, El Negro published his first graphic joke in number one of Rosario’s Boom magazine. Two years later he created Boogie: a parody of the secret agent James Bond.

By 1973 he drew in the magazines Hortensia and Satiricón and in the newspaper Clarín.

Among his best-known characters are the bully Boogie El Aceitoso and the gaucho Inodoro Pereyra and his dog Mendieta, of whom at some point he expressed: “It is very difficult to put a horse in a cartoon box, therefore a dog appeared. And her name is Mendieta because I was amused by dogs with human names. “

He wrote novels, stories, stories, and participated in various scripts. His passion for football was another of his facets that he knew how to exploit.

“If I had to put background music in my life, it would be the transmission of football matches”, once said the fan of Rosario Central.

In 1981 he published his first novel, Best Seller. The following year he published his first book of stories, The world has lived wrong.

In 2003, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, so since 2006 he has frequently used a wheelchair.

He was distinguished with multiple awards, including: Konex Award in 1992, Konex Platinum Award in 1994 and, in 2006, the Senate awarded him the Honorable Mention “Domingo Faustino Sarmiento” for his contribution to Argentine culture.

El Negro, died in his hometown, on July 19, 2007, at the age of 62, victim of a cardiorespiratory arrest one hour after entering a hospital with a picture of acute respiratory failure.

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