Tartarin de Tarascon, by Francisco Ortega Orozco (1973)
Joyas Literarias Juveniles 69 - Tartarin de Tarascon

Francisco Ortega Orozco, also known as Paco Ortega, was born in Águilas in the province of Murcia. At age 10, he moved with his family to Barcelona, where he got his artistic education at the Escola de la Llotja and the Saint Lluc Artists' Circle. He worked as an advertising artist during the 1950s, but he also made comics and illustrations. He began his association with the publishing house Bruguera at age 27, where he did various jobs, from cartoons to cover illustrations and ad design.

His art appeared in several Bruguera magazines, such as Revista Juvenil Sissi, Zipi y Zape, Blanca and Lily, and in collections like Colección Búfalo, Historias and Joyas Literarias Juveniles. For the latter, he illustrated the comic adaptations of the novels 'Tartarin de Tarascon', 'Otra vez Heidi' and 'El Rayo Verde'. Ortega became head of the publisher's art studio in the 1960s, and was also involved in Bruguera's international agency Creaciones Editoriales. He provided artwork for foreign girls' magazines like Peggy, Penny, Melanie, Princess Tina, Princess, Pink and Girl. As a writer, he created the series 'Gina' with his wife Purita Campos.

During the 1970s Ortega, made drawings of typical daily scenes of Barcelona for the newspaper La Vanguardia. In the 1980s he started drawing the Barcelona of his childhood, with its markets, La Rambla, trams and the typical characters of the time. He has exhibited his works on several occasions. When Bruguera closed its doors, Ortega and Campos opened an art gallery and later a small art school.

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