Ziraldo Alves Pinto (born October 24, 1932, in Caratinga, Minas Gerais) is a Brazilian author, painter, comic creator, and journalist, normally known just as "Ziraldo". His books have sold about ten million copies, have been translated to many foreign languages and adapted to the theater and cinema. His children's books, such as the popular O Menino Maluquinho, have also been the basis of successful films and television series in Brazil.
He and other progressive artists created the non-conformist comic newspaper O Pasquim during a period of military dictatorship in Brazil.
He began working in the newspaper Folha de São Paulo, in 1954, with a column dedicated to humor. Ziraldo gained national notoriety when working at the magazine O Cruzeiro in 1957 and subsequently at Jornal do Brasil in 1963. His characters (including Jeremias o Bom, the Supermãe and Mirinho) won readers.
In 1960, he launched the first Brazilian comic book made by a single author, Turma do Pererê, featuring the Saci of Brazilian folklore, which was also the first comic book produced entirely in color in Brazil. Although it reached one of the largest runs of the season, Turma do Pererê was canceled in 1964, shortly after the start of the military regime in Brazil. In the 1970s, Editora Abril relaunched the magazine, this time, however, without the same success.