La Familia Burron, by Gabriel Vargas

Gabriel Bernal Vargas was one of Mexico's best known comic artists and the creator of 'La Familia Burrón'. He was born in Tulancingo, Hidalgo in 1915. His father died young, and his mother had a hard time keeping her 11 children alive during the years of Depression. In 1930, through a stroke of luck, Gabriel Vargas' drawing talent was noticed by the Director of the Institute of Fine Arts, who offered to give the boy an art education in France. Vargas wished to stay with his family however, and asked to get a job as an artist on magazine Excélsior. At the age of sixteen, he became chief artist for the Excélsior newspaper in Mexico City.

comic art by Gabriel Vargas

He also won an art contest held by Panamericana Editorial which resulted in the creation of his first comic strip for magazine Pepin. This was 'Los Superlocos', a counterweight to 'Supersabios' which was produced by German Butze at that same time. The strip's main characters also starred in Vargas' next comic strip, 'La Familia Burrón', in 1937. The comic about a lower class Mexican family later got its own magazine, which became Mexico's most popular comic magazine of the 1950s and 1960s and was drawn by Vargas until 1971.

Since 1978 Vargas had been running his own publishing company, that continued to print the Famila Burron magazine until 2009. Vargas continued to cartoon on a freelance basis for Gentesur magazine. He received the National Prize of Journalism in 1983 and the National Science and Arts prize in 2003. He passed away after a long illness at the age of 95, in 2010.

La Familia Burron, by Gabriel Vargas

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