The veteran Argentine cartoonist Juan Giménez (Mendoza, 1943), settled in Sitges for decades, victim of Covid-19 has died. The master of fantasy and science fiction comics was admitted when he arrived on a trip to his hometown, jumping over the big puddle. The cartoon world is sorry. Also the video game sector, since the author, responsible for masterpieces of sequential art such as ‘City’ or ‘Question of time’, signed mythical covers of releases for the electronic home computer market in the 80s.
He’s gone at 76, full of energy. In 2017, he honorably collected an honorary award on the 50th anniversary of the Sitges film festival, which was never lost. His house is next to the large auditorium that houses the main projections. In 2015 he received a compliment to his career at the Getxo Comic Fair. They are just a couple of examples, close in time, of the multiple awards he received throughout his extensive career. Part of his work was exhibited at the Parisian Center Pompidou in 1997.
Futuristic and medieval
Indomitable maker of dreams, drawing had attracted him since childhood. “From the moment I had the first comic magazine in my hands when I was 8 or 9 years old,” he told this newspaper. Perhaps ‘La casta de los Metabarones’, with a script by the genius Alejandro Jodorowsky, is his most popular work. Great sales success in France, the story revolves around the figure of the Metabaron, a bounty hunter warrior. The chronicles of his lineage function as a backbone throughout eight albums of aesthetics between futuristic and medieval. The plot, truffled with subplots, mixes Greek tragedy and Eastern philosophy with the excuse of describing the vicissitudes of a family clan of invincible fighters. ‘Trash’, ‘The Fourth Power’, ‘Leo Roa’, Eternal Play ‘and’ Black Star ‘also stand out in his legacy.
Giménez settled in Spain in the 80s, when he collaborated assiduously in ‘1984’ and ‘Comix Internacional’, the great headlines of Toutain Editor, symbol of one of the golden times of the comic strip. There are many voices in the media that have mourned his departure, including that of his professional colleague Horacio Altuna: «He was a colleague, teacher and friend. It was unique, unforgettable », commented on social networks the head of ‘Fictionary’. Alex de la Iglesia has also publicly expressed the pain of losing an essential name in the history of comics and illustration. A unique author who was always kind to his followers and brandished a special and endearing sense of humor.