Turma do Fofura by Ely Barbosa
Turma do Fofura

Ely Rubens Barbosa was born in Vera Cruz, São Paulo to journalist Otávio Barbosa and his wife Aurora. Ely's brother was novelist Benedito Ruy Barbosa. He showed an early talent for the arts, and began his career in the São Paulo advertising industry. He founded his own studio, and provided artwork to the comic book based on the Brazilian comedy group Trapalhões for Editora Bloch. Among the artists that worked in the studio were Paulo BorgesArthur García and Aparecido Norberto.

From 1976, he developed his own creations 'Cacá', 'João Banana', 'Melâncio', 'Amendoins', 'Turma do Cacá' and 'Tutti-Fruttis' in the comic book Cacá e Sua Turma. It ran for eight issues through Editora Abril 1978, and was then reprised at Rio Gráfica Editora from 1980 to 1982. Then through Abril, he launched the comic books 'Patrícia', 'Turma da Fofura' and 'O Gordo & Cia' between 1987 and 1992.

Also active in other media, Barbosa developed the TV show 'Tutti Frutti' for TV Bandeirantes in 1983, as well as the musical 'Um passeio no cometa' starring his 'Turma da Fofura' characters in 1994. Barbosa's characters have also appeared on several products. He also brought the children's book series 'Sítio do Pica-Pau Amarelo' by Monteiro Lobato to the TV screens.

The economic climate of the 1990s caused the cancellation of Barbosa's magazines and the closing of his studio. In the final years of his life, he devoted his time to advertising art and children's books. He passed away in January 2007 from Parkinson's Disease.

Gordo by Ely Barbosa
O Gordo

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