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Cartoonist Enrique Ventura, key Spanish comic artist, dies at 78 | Culture

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The cartoonist Enrique Ventura, considered one of the fundamental names in the history of Spanish comics and author of works such as Groaning in the desertdied today, Monday, at the age of 78, as confirmed by the Evolution-Cómics publishing house, from the Panini label, on the social network X. The artist was also known for his work for decades in the satirical magazine Thursday and for the vignettes full of humor and experimentation that he made with his cousin, the late Miguel Ángel Nieto. Dozens of cartoonists such as David Rubín, Cels Piñol or Juanjo Cuerda paid tribute to the creator in X as one of the sector’s leaders.

Since its beginnings in publications such as windlass, Crack o The Papus, Ventura gradually became a reference for the ninth art in Spain, both for an irony that often bordered on surrealism, and for the constant search for innovation in the narration and illustration of his works. In addition to Grouñidos in the Desert —starring Groucho Marx and released in 1979—, They go like crazy, Maremagnum, Indecent hysterias on TV o Smiles They also remain in the memory of thousands of comic fans and as examples of the talent of the Ventura-Nieto duo. All since, after abandoning university studies, they both launched, in 1971, the comic Sam bit it there.

His works traveled to other countries, from Italy to France, passing through Romania. And his thirst for experimentation led them to also touch other disciplines: cinema, animation, literature or video games. And since 1997, two years after Nieto’s death, Ventura also began drawing cartoons for the newspaper The vanguard. That same year received the Grand Jury Prize at the Barcelona Comic Fair.

“The comic is a means of expression that is half passing into history. Soon the comic artist will find himself in some museum,” the author noted in an interview with this newspaper in 2004. “Right now comics only work among older people. Kids prefer to spend money on a video. Let’s not fool ourselves. We read comics because there was almost no cinema or television and they were cheap,” he added, in a prophecy that has been half fulfilled. What does remain is the precariousness that Ventura already denounced then: “We have to revive this world in some way, because today 80 or 90% of our colleagues are having a bad time: they have had to go into advertising or do anything else.” another thing”.

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