Fans of the classic Lao Fu Zi (Old Master Q) comic book series will be aggrieved to learn that its publisher, Wu Zhongxing, has recently passed away.
Wu, aged 98, succumbed to heart failure on 6 April, as reported by Sin Chew Daily. This was just a few years after the passing of the comics’ original creator and cartoonist, Alfonso Wong, who died in 2017.
The founder of the Ng Hing Ke Book & Newspaper Agency in Hong Kong, Wu formed a formidable team with Wong, in serialising Lao Fu Zi as a proper comic book series in 1964, after it first appeared in strips on newspapers and magazines two years prior. The comics followed the adventures of the titular Old Master Q and his sidekicks Mr Chin and Mr Potato to hilarious effect.
One of the oldest comic book series in Asia, Lao Fu Zi ran for over 40 years, and is now fondly remembered as an icon by many fans who grew up reading it back in its heyday.
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