Robert Segura was one of the great cartoonists of the golden age of comics in Spain. I already mentioned it in another article, but today I dedicate this exclusively to you. Creator of Rigoberto Picaporte, big bachelor o The lords of Alcorcón and the lazy Pepon, to his credit he has many more characters than we have an age we remember fondly. There goes the review.
This Catalan cartoonist is one of my weaknesses along with Ibáñez, Escobar, RAF o Purita Campos. Born in Badalona On February 14, 1927, he was a scriptwriter and cartoonist and belongs to the brilliant generation of 57 cartoonists who had the mythical publishing house Bruguera. It is in that year when he draws his first covers in color and specializes in series with traditional characters and themes, which portray while satirizing the Spanish society of the 60s and 70s. And it also reached the 80s with the Muchamarcha's, the latest time-fitting reinterpretation of his usual gangs of friends that began with The merry gang o The gang.
From an early vocation, at the age of 14 he had already enrolled in the Barcelona School of Arts and Crafts. And from there, after some collaboration in the press, he entered the Macián studios, which were dedicated to the production of cartoon series. It was the necessary blank to get to Bruguera, where he developed his brilliant career as a cartoonist alongside the best and biggest names in Spanish comics.
What I still like the most de Segura is, apart from stroke so dynamic and expressive in his drawings, the great ability to portray those everyday situations. For example, in the families of his comics there was an already close relationship, a reflection of that society that would already open up in the very close democracy as well.
Characters and series
- Rigoberto Picaporte, big bachelor
Es perhaps his most remembered character. Created it in 1957, where it appeared in the magazine Pulgarcito. At the risk of falling into the easy stereotype due to the condition of its protagonist, Segura endowed both the characters and the situations with a lot of irony. And even though he is an eternal loser, every time we read a Rigoberto comic we think that this time it will turn out well for him. His portrait, that of the middle-aged bachelor, already more mature than young and unattractive, is touched by his perseverance in marrying his fiancee, Warbler Cencérrez, who always carried a carbine Dona Abelarda, his mother. And so, of course, there was no way.
But Segura, like all that generation of cartoonists, had to dedicate himself to various series at the same time to earn a living with a little more peace of mind. The effort also provided them with a unparalleled mastery of the trade. And at the level of the great European schools, but without ever achieving the same international recognition and prestige.
- The lords of Alcorcón and the lazy Pepon
Appeared in 1959 en Uncle Alive and they are also highly remembered. It could be said that they are even still in fashion, because who does not have or know a brother-in-law like Pepon? And it is that Pepón is the nightmare of Arturo Alcorcon, an office worker with social and professional ambitions, who has to deal with him, a lazy hobo who, to top it off for Arturo, has the protection of his sister, who pampers and overprotects him.
- The Merry Gang - The Panda - Los Muchamarcha's
For the younger readers, there were these gangs of friends and their childish and youthful antics that Segura evolves into over the years and social circumstances.
- Piluca, modern girl (1959) - Lily (1970)
Possibly my favorites, they were his creations aimed at the female audience that read magazines like Lily. It told the adventures and misadventures of two girls of similar character and trajectory.
- Other characters were alsoCaptain Serafin and his cabin boy Diabolin o Pepe Barrena or Laurita Bombón, secretary of direction.
Segura passed away in Premià de Mar, in December 2008.