Censored cartoonists mock king in new mag

A group of artists who quit Spanish satirical magazine El Jueves on principle after it changed a cover image which mocked the royal family have hit back by launching their own title, 'Pride and Satisfaction'.

Censored cartoonists mock king in new mag
The title of the irreverent new satirical publication is a quote from the abdication speech of King Juan Carlos. Photo: Twitter/@orgulloysatisfa

El Jueves (Thursday) has long been Spain’s most popular satirical magazine but it was rocked by the walkout of many of its cartoonists in May after it changed a cover depicting King Juan Carlos placing a ‘crown of shit’ on Prince Felipe’s head.

Publishers RBA were reportedly unhappy with the anti-monarchy message and 60,000 copies were quickly recalled and binned.

A new print run with a cover featuring Podemos party politician Pablo Iglesias was delivered to newsstands instead, with the 'offending' image moved to the inside pages.

Outraged cover artist Albert Monteys announced his resignation on Twitter and was then followed by many of his co-workers.

Publishers RBA had allegedly informed El Jueves that they were not to run anything on the monarchy but the ploy to protect the royals backfired. Not only was the offending image seen more on social media than it would have been on the magazine cover but El Jueves lost much of its reputation along with its brightest talents.

But now the artists are back, with ‘Orgullo y Satisfacción’ (Pride and Satisfaction), the title of which is a quote from King Juan Carlos’s recent abdication speech.

The irreverent new magazine will go on sale on Wednesday, the day before the coronation of Spain’s new king. It will be available only via download from the website of publisher Caramba Cómics.

On their Twitter account @orgulloysatisfa, the writers have promised that the new title will deliver “a lot of laughs”.

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Spanish magazine boss punched over anti-Nazi cover

The editor of Spain's biggest satirical magazine was assaulted on Wednesday after the publication ran a front cover decrying the rise of far-right politics in Europe.

Spanish magazine boss punched over anti-Nazi cover
The cover of the latest issue of Spain's El Jueves magazine. Photo: El Jueves

Mayte Quílez, director of Spain’s El Jueves magazine, was punched by a hooded figure outside her home in Barcelona, Catalan news site El Nacional reports. Quílez received only light injuries and has since reported the incident to police.

The attack came the day after the highly popular magazine shared images of the front cover of its latest issue on various social media platforms. That cover shows a mother and son watching on during a demonstration of neo-Nazis.

“Why are all these men bald? Do they have cancer?” the boy asks his mother.

“I hope so,” she replies.

The cover created a stir in Spain after the magazine ran the image on Facebook with a message inviting “Nazis, idiots and/or voters of (political party) Vox” to send their complaints to a dedicated email address.

The magazine received numerous threats after publishing the post, but Quílez said in a tweet on Wednesday that she refused to be intimidated by a “moron”.

El Jueves is not in the habit of shying away from controversy.

It  made headlines across Spain in 2014 after the company which owns it binned 60.000 copies at the last minute because their front cover showed Spain's King Juan Carlos putting a dung-filled crown on his heir Prince Felipe's head.

The original 2014 cover which was binned and it's last-minute replacement. Image: El Jueves

A new version of the magazine carried a cover showing the image of the leader of Spain’s Podemos party Pablo Iglesias with the picture of the royals relegated to the inside of the publication.

El Jueves was also forced to pull a front cover in 2007 which caricatured Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia having sexual intercourse as the image was deemed “disrespectful”.