Publisher of one of the longest running comic strips, Old Master Q, dies at 98

Popular comic strip character, Old Master Q.
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA - The man who made famous Hong Kong's most popular comic strip character, Old Master Q, has died on Wednesday (April 8).

Wu Zhong Xing, who first published the well-loved comic fondly known as Lao Fu Zi in 1953, was 98, reported Sin Chew Daily and China Press.

Wu, who founded Ng Hing Ke Book & Newspaper Agency that later published the Lao Fu Zi comics, was regarded as a titan in Hong Kong's publishing industry for almost half a century.

A fateful meeting reportedly saw him and the series' creator, Alfonso Wong Kar Hei, working together for over 40 years, with Wu taking the series to new heights during its heyday.

The well-loved comic that follows Old Master Q and his sidekicks Mr Potato and Mr Chin in many hilarious adventures was a growing-up staple for many, and were seen in almost every barber shop across Asia.

Wu was still actively making new changes in its layouts to make it relevant in the 90s.