Title : The 50th Birth Anniversary of Gobau
Stamp Serial#
2100 
KPC#
C-1611 
MICHEL#
2127 
StanGib#
2430 
Scott#
2037 
Date of Issue
11/01/2000 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Mr. Gobau in transition 
Designer
Lee, Gi-seok 
Image Area
57mm*24mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
2*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
Mr. Gobau, the popular Korean comic book character, has turned fifty. The short, stumpy man with glasses perched at the tip of his nose, and only a single strand of hair on his head has made his mark in the Korean psyche.

The comic strip "Mr. Gobau", drawn by Kim Seong-hwan, has portrayed the joys and agony of the Korean people for half a century. It first appeared in a weekly magazine, "Manhwa Sinbo", in November 1950. It was later published in Dong-a Ilbo from 1955, in Chosun Ilbo from 1980 to 1992, and then in Munhwa Ilbo from October 1992 to september 2000.

Born in Gaeseong in 1932, Kim Seong-hwan debuted as a comic artist by drawing "Blockhead" for Yonhap News in 1949, while he was attending Gyeongbok High School. The artist is a pioneer in Korea who blazed the trail for comic strips on current affairs by drawing one section for his commentary on contemporary issues and four sections of a comic strip. Although his caustic political criticism and satire got him into trouble with the government authorities more than once, Mr. Gobau still remains one of the most beloved comic characters of Korea.

With more than 14,000 episodes serialized in newspapers, "Mr. Gobau" has reached a new milestone in the history of Korean cartoons and comic strips. The Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing this commemorative stamp to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of "Mr. Gobau". The stamp features "Mr. Gobau" in transition from his first appearance in 1950 to the present.