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Dante Quinterno was the creator of the character Patoruzú, the Tehuelche chieftain who, with his adventures, entertained generations of Argentines.
Dante Quinterno (born October 26, 1909 in San Vicente, Buenos Aires Province) was an Argentine cartoonist. At the age of 15 he began to present his drawings in the country's most representative newspapers. He was the creator of Patoruzú, a millionaire Tehuelche chieftain, innocent and kind, who divided his time between his stay in Patagonia and the city of Buenos Aires. Its name originated from some oruzu candies, common at that time .
The comic was published in the newspapers “Critique”, “La Razón” and “El Mundo”, until on November 10, 1936, Patoruzú was born, a 24-page landscape magazine, with a monthly frequency, which in March 1937 was fortnightly and shortly thereafter weekly.
The publication highlighted a series of moral values of the protagonist, who faced all kinds of evildoers. He was endowed with superhuman strength, possessed noble ideals and pursued good with unwavering morality. Patoruzú was accompanied by his godfather and tutor, Isidoro Cañones, a playboy who sought to enjoy the fortune of the Indian; Upa, the little bellied brother; Chacha, the milk mistress who always smoked a hookah; Ñancul, the faithful foreman of the estancia; Colonel Cañones, Isidoro's uncle and Pampero, the fastest fiery horse in the world.
The magazine contained 50% of comics: “Patoruzú”, “Andanzas de Isidoro”, “Don Fierro”, “The Phantom Benito is amused”. They were characters created by Dante Quinterno that symbolically synthesized Argentine society.
Quinterno was a school and a factor of union and integration of a group of exceptional collaborators such as the cartoonists Oscar Blotta, Eduardo Ferro, Tulio Lovato, Abel Ianiro, Adolfo Mazzone, Cao, Battaglia and others.
Among the humorous writers were Abel Santa Cruz, Mariano Juliá and José Luis Salinas. By the month of December, “The Golden Book” appeared, the most anticipated copy, since it had about 200 pages.
In 1942 Quinterno premiered the color film “Upa en Auros”, with a duration of 12 minutes. Then, in 1945, “Patoruzito” appeared, a comic book publication that reflected the childhood stage of Patoruzú, Isidoro and the Pampero horse. An anecdotal fact is related to some similarities between Patoruzú as an inspiring source of the French comic “Asterix”, created in 1951.
The reasons for this comparison arise from the knowledge that the author of “Asterix”, René Goscinny, arrived in Buenos Aires in 1928, at the age of 2, staying until 1944, when France was liberated. In the interim, the young Goscinny was an avid consumer of Argentine comics, including Patoruzú and a fan of the “Racing Club”, as shown in the attire of Asterix. The last issue of Patoruzú appeared on April 30, 1977.
Dante Quinterno died in Buenos Aires on May 14, 2003, at the age of 93, leaving us the legacy of a brilliant humorous publication that appeared in yesterday's Argentina.
Source: García F. and O
Publication Date: 16/04/2020
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