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Oscar Gonzalez On Gabriel Vargas
posted June 1, 2010
Thankyou for your report, itÂ´s nice to see Don Gabriel appreciated. I know itÂ´s not easy trying to assimilate a diferent comic's tradition but you did a very good job.
As for corrections, I didn't spot any. Over the years the "official" myth is what you wrote. He came to Mexico City as a very young child, with his mother, when his father died. He dooddle all the time. His mother told him once that she didn't want him to end up a "pinta monos" (can't come up with an adecuate translation, maybe doodler). Then came the contest he won, his refusal to abandon his family for an arts scholarship in France, him being an editor at a newspaper at a very young age. He wrote and draw a Jesus Christ biography that led him to jail because of anti-catholic politics of those years. Then he created "Los Superlocos" with JilemÃ³n Metralla as the main character, some say, as a response to GermÃ¡n Butze's "Los Supersabios".
It was over JilemÃ³n Metralla that a fried challenge him to come up with a more successful character, and he created Borola Tacuche de BurrÃ³n and the rest of La Familia BurrÃ³n.
There has been a number of recollections of "La Familia BurrÃ³n" in book format (only the second volume, that is from the 70's onward). Here's a link from Editorial PorrÃºa, the publishing company:
I couldn't find much info in english. Save this one from AP, that you may already know: