El conventillo de Don Nicola by Hector Torino
El conventillo de Don Nicola

Hector Locuratolo Torino was an Argentinian artist with a bohemian lifestyle. He started his career in the 1930s with comic series like 'Don Marmeto Detective' (1935) and 'Exculapio Sandoval' (1936) in El Suplemento. His best known creation is 'El conventillo de Don Nicola', a funny series about the owner of a boarding house. Starting in 1937, the series ran for several years in !Aquí está! magazine. He edited the children's magazine Bichofeo with Emilio Cortinas in 1944 and 1945.

Cover for El Trencito by Hector TorinoCover for El Trencito by Hector Torino

Torino went on to create his own company, Ediciones Torino, in the 1950s. He edited about 14 simultaneous magazines during a period of 10 years, including Don Nicola's own title, as well spin-offs starring the series other colorful characters, such as 'Pascualín', 'Barrabás', 'Pepinucho' and 'Coliflor'. Torino was additionally a contributor to El Trencito magazine, with covers, cartoons and features like 'Mudini'.

Don Nicola has a statue in Buenos Aires, as part of the 'Paseo de la Historieta' ('Comics Walk'), located in the Avenue Alicia Moreau de Justo and Azucena Villaflor. 

Mudini by Hector Torino

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