Sergio Aragonés Marginalizes Francoism in the Exile Newspaper España Libre (NYC)




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Sergio Aragonés is an award-winning and celebrated Mad Magazine cartoonist whose prolific career includes his bestselling comics Groo the Wanderer and Boogeyman, among others. However, his anti-Francoist cartoons published in the exile newspaper España Libre (1939-1977, NYC) have not been studied. Using an interdisciplinary theoretical approach to humor, I examine the social function of selected cartoons by Aragonés. The drawings, published from 1962 to 1965, exposed the political persecution exerted by Francisco Franco to a global readership. His frontpage cartoons also informed and emotionally sustained the dissenting working-class resistance under the regime and abroad


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Spaniards in the United States, Spanish Civil War, Exile Newspapers, cartoons, Labor Resistance Movements, Francisco Franco’s Dictatorship


“Sergio Aragonés Marginalizes Francoism in España Libre (NYC)” Camino Real. Alcalá de Henares: Instituto Franklin- UAH, 7:10 (2015): 127-144.