Don't worry, Mum. You'll only have to buy ONE new pair of shoes. I kick with the right foot and Zipi with the left foot. Lucky, isn't it?Zipi y Zape
are the names of two iconic Spanish comic book characters created by José Escobar Saliente in 1947, and of their eponymous strip. With Mortadelo y Filemón
, they are the most popular and most translated Spanish comic books. Their name is derived from the Spanish word zipizape
, meaning "turmoil" or "chaos". This word is seriously outdated though and most people under 60/70 will probably think of the comic book if you say it.
Zipi and Zape are young twin brothers who do poorly in school. Mischievous and energetic, they are fans of soccer. They are distinguished solely by their hair color: Zipi is blond, Zape black-haired. Other featured characters are their father, Mr. Pantuflo, a professor of philately and Colombophilia; their mother, the hard-pressed Mrs. Jaimita; Mr. Minervo, their strict teacher; Peloto, the teacher’s pet (and thus the twins’ enemy); Sapientín, their genius cousin, and Toby, their faithful dog. There's also Carpanta, the perpetually-hungry hobo who would do anything for some roast chicken, and his surprisingly-fat-for-a-hobo philosopher friend Protasio.
Their stories are usually short, about one to eight pages long, but occasionally some are longer, about 44 or 48 pages. They are humorous, based on the twins' antics and their effects, since often they backfire spectacularly.
The popularity of Zipi y Zape
has prompted the creation of derivative works, like video games, an animated TV series in 2003 and two live-action movies, Las Aventuras de Zipi y Zape
in 1981 and Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica
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