Title : CARTOON SERIES (4th Issue)  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
1946 
KPC#
C-1476 
MICHEL#
1971A 
StanGib#
2281 
Scott#
1931 
Date of Issue
05/04/1998 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
340Won 
Design
Park Ki-jong's Challenger 
Designer
Park Ki-jong 
Image Area
36*26 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5*4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
The Ministry of Information and Communication annually issues a series of stamps featuring comic strips: one which played a pioneering role in flrmly establishing comics as a form of entertainment in Korea, and the other which was especially popular among children. The fourth stamp collection of the Korean cartoon series issued this year features the Challenger, created by Park Ki-jong, and Aktong-i (which literally translates to "naughty boy"), rendered by Lee Hi-jae. Park Ki-jong's Challenger.
Challenger is the success story of a Koeran expatriate residing in the alien land of Japan. He experiences a great deal of hardship and frustration but finally rises out of his miserable situation. This comic was first published in 1964 and immediately enjoyed great popularity. "Hoonie" ekes out a meager living with his widowed Janpanese mother. He faces discrimination everywhere for being different. Even at school, he is constantly harassed and left out in the cold. He is even expelled from school after being framed up by other students. However, "Hoonie" gets a second chance and a whole new life when he takes up boxing as a career. Though life in the boxing ring proves extremely callenging, "Hoonie" overcomes trials and tribulations to come out on top in the fair world of the square ring, free of discrimination and prejudice.