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Mortadelo and Filemón

by Francisco Ibáñez

February 26, 1998, Scott #2930, 35p
perf 14×13½
Edifil 3531 / Yvert 3105 / Michel 3371

One of the most well known and popular duos of Spanish comic strips, Mortadelo y Filemón (Clever & Smart) were created in 1958 by the cartoonist and scriptwriter Francisco Ibáñez Talavera. Their adventures were first published in Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) and Gran Pulgarcito (Great Tom Thumb) magazines and they quickly achieved great success.
The two characters work at the spy agency TIA (Tecnicos Investigacion Aeroterraquea), with Filemón (Smart) as the chief and Mortadelo (Clever) his absentminded secret agent, specializing in disguises. He invariably ends up being pursued by his boss or some desperate character.

1998 ATM private label

Francisco Ibáñez, born in Barcelona in 1936, has created such well known characters as "Doña Úrsula", "La familia Trapisonda", "El Botones Sacarino" and "Rompetechos".

more at Mortadelo y Filemón

The other stamp in the set, 70p, (Scott #2931)
is for the comic "Zipi & Zape" by Escobar.