Eduardo del Rio, Rius, iconic Mexican cartoonist, died August 8th at the age of 83.
In the 1960’s, Rius began his social-political educational comic book series Los Agachados (I’ve seen the title translated as the “Those Who Stoop Down” and “The Underdogs”).
He wrote and drew two editions of Los Agachados every month.
His international impact began with the English translation of Cuba for Beginners (1970) which ultimately led to the launching of the ‘For Beginners’ series of non-fiction, educational comic books in trade paperback format (as sort of predecessor to the “For Dummies” books).
His comics covered topics ranging from socialism, capitalism, religion, soccer, vegetarianism, sex, music, economics, philosophy, history and ecology.
In the early years of his career, Rius was kidnapped and threatened by the military and excommunicated from the Catholic Church but just last December he received an award from Mexico City's Culture Secretariat and refered to as "a cultural reference in Mexico” .