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Francisco Ibáñez Talavera

  • Francisco Ibáñez Talavera © Alberto Cuéllar / EL MUNDO

    Francisco Ibáñez Talavera © Alberto Cuéllar / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Mar 15, 1936

"Draughtsman and comic strip artist. He is one of the outstanding figures of the Spanish comic of all time, and the creator of the famous detectives Mortadelo and Filemón."

He was born in Barcelona in 1936. He worked as a bank clerk before dedicating himself full-time to his true vocation since his boyhood: drawing. Between 1957 and 1985 he worked for Bruguera, one of the most important publishers of comics at the time, and his cartoons appeared in various magazines published by the company. 'Mortadelo y Filemón, agencia de información' ('Mortadelo and Filemón, information agency') appeared in 1958 in the magazine 'Pulgarcito' followed in 1969 by 'El sulfato atómico' ('The atomic sulphate'), the first comic strip to be published in album format. This was the first in a string of adventures featuring the wildly famous detectives from the T.I.A. intelligence agency, Mortadelo and Filemón, who have won unprecedented popularity in the history of Spanish comics, both at home and abroad. He is also the creator of other legendary characters such as Botones Sacarino, Rompetechos, Pepe Gotera and Otilio.


Golden Ring Award for most popular children's characters (1969, 1974, 1975, 1976)
Grand Prize from the Barcelona International Comic Fair (1994)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2002)
Oso Lifetime Achievement Award at the Madrid International Comic Fair (2002)

Highlighted works

  • Mortadelo y Filemón, agencia de información
  • El sulfato atómico
  • Mortadelo de la Mancha

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