Rius (aka: Eduardo del Rio) is a Mexican cartoonist born in 1934. He has published over a hundred books on several topics including history, politics, religion and vegetarianism.
Originally from Michoacán, Rius trained as a teenager to be a Catholic priest (of all things!). Dropping out of the seminary, he then moved to Mexico City where he held a series of odd jobs. He became a cartoonist and started out drawing traditional one or two panel strips for Mexican humour magazines in the 1950s
. Eventually he created his series Los Supermachos
in the 1960s
and Los Agachados
in the 1970s
, both series had their own magazines and were set in rural Mexican villages. He cemented his fame after publishing in 1966 Cuba para principiantes
(Cuba for Beginners) which was the first of his general knowledge books. The latter were published in a small graphic novel format but their bent was didactic rather than narrative, with the plot very much in the background (if at all existent). Except for the Supermachos
series and his earlier strips, all of Rius's work includes collage as his signature illustrating technique.
A staunch leftist activist and former communist, Rius's books continue to be popular in Mexico and many of them have been translated into several other languages. His works have earned him awards and recognition in the medium internationally. Many of his comic books can be found translated into English on Amazon.com.
His books are known for their humor and simplicity, in an attempt to reach as wide an audience as possible, in fact his works have actually helped many people to understand the fundamental differences between capitalism and socialism/communism.
Compare to Jack Chick
, another cartoonist that uses comic strips to convey his ideology
, albeit a diametrically opposed one.