SPANISH cartoonists have used their talents to honour one of the heroes of the London Bridge terror attack, Ignacio Echeverria.
One tribute to the 39-year-old, who was killed as he used his skateboard to try and defend a woman being stabbed in the June 3 attack, was retweeted more than 7,000 times in a day.
Ignacio, a lawyer, originally from Madrid but was resident in the UK capital where he worked for HSBC, has been hailed a superhero for the courageous act that cost him his life – and the Spanish government and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have also paid tribute to his bravery.
The most shared cartoon was by ‘Malagon’, artist Jose Rubio, and was captioned: “Not all superheroes wear a cape – some have a skateboard”. His tweet was accompanied by the message: “RIP Ignacio Echeverria, my humble tribute.”
It was drawn the same afternoon Ignacio’s death was officially confirmed after a delay of several days. The 44-year-old artist said: “When I read the news, I felt sadness but also pride because of his heroic and selfless action and I got to work on the cartoon.”
Drawings and cartoons have become iconic statements of both anger and pain in the wake of terror attacks; French artist Jean Jullien combined a peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower following the 2015 attack in Paris.