Mexican artist Adalisa Zárate gives some context to Memin Pinguin:
Now, Memin was created back in 1940, and it hasn’t changed since then. Should he get a revamped version, that draws less from the old design? Maybe, if they were paying Mr. Sixto Valencia, the artist (Mrs. Duche died a while ago) for redrawing his old work. As things stands now, what Editorial Vid is doing (And had been doing for a while even before the stamps controversy three years ago) is just reprint the old material, exactly in the same way as it had been published back then. There is no modernization, no attempt to make the material more current (And trust me, there’s more than just Memin’s appearance that reads dated when you start reading the whole story, for instance, the much critiziced corporal punishment against Memin by his mom. In 1940, mothers were expected to do that. Or have we forgotten all those Superman covers where Superman is spanking someone, or getting spanked?) and I don’t think there’s any interest for it to be. While Memin is a very loved character, and his comic has been reprinted at least 5 times if my memory serves, mexican comic books aren’t treated with much importance by Mexican business, mostly because they ‘don’t sell’ and thus, a modernization of Memin is probably seen as a useless risk. Reprinting makes money with very little cost for them, so it’s seen as risk free.
Zárate also explains the story that goes along with the above cover, and its a doozy.
The Beat says: Seriously, people, you’d have to be blind not to see the historical racist imagery inherent in this character.