Pachochin by Carlos Roose Silva

Carlos Roose Silva, also known as Crose, had a long and fruitful career of 69 years in the Peruvian press. He was born in the city of Trujillo in the La Libertad region in 1929, but was raised in the capital Lima from the age of 7. He began his career as a cartoonist in the pages of La Tribuna when he was 17 years old. He launched several humor magazines throughout his career, including Tacu Tacu (1949), Patita (1954) and Jarano (1969). Roose Silva was a groundbreaking humorist and a pioneer in political cartooning, and has served as an inspiration for generations of new Peruvian cartoonists.


Among his best known creations is 'Pachochín, el Chupatintas', a naïve character who always sticks to the letter of the law. The character's initial looks and personality were based on the politician José Luis Bustamante, who was the president of Peru from 1945 to 1948. 'Pachochín' first appeared in 1947. Starting in the 1970s, Crose created a great many characters for the newspapers Correo and Ojo, including 'Don Potencio', 'Matraka', 'Lotario', 'El Gato Chaveta', 'Jarano', 'Pulguín', 'Terquino', 'Drakulín', 'Mamerto', 'Querubín', 'La Pantera Rosas' and 'Pechocha'. He passed away in Trujillo on 10 October 2016, two days after his 87th birthday.


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