Waldo, the lovable, bespectacled cartoon globe-trotter and star of British illustrator Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo? series, turns the ripe old age of 25 this year. Wearing his signature red-and-white-striped shirt, blue pants and black-rimmed glasses,
British illustrator Martin Handford created the Where’s Waldo? series 25 years ago.
Waldo hides in complicated crowd scenes in the wildly popular books, which have been published in 30 languages.
Japanese fashion brand Comme des Garçons will produce limited-edition T-shirts and scarves to mark the anniversary.
Comme des Garçons
To celebrate Waldo’s quarter-century of peekaboo, a commemorative red-and-white lighting of New York’s Empire State Building will take place on Sept. 21 (the anniversary of the original book release), vintage-inspired eyewear company Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com
) will rename its black Monroe frames after the world traveler, and Japanese fashion brand Comme des Garçons (www.comme-des-garcons.com
) will produce limited-edition Where’s Waldo?
T-shirts and scarves for several locations globally, including its London, Paris and Beijing stores.
Of his inspiration for the iconic character — who also goes by Willy, Holger or Wally, depending on the translation — Handford says, “My main influences were feature films with exciting crowd scenes.” More than 58 million copies of Handford’s books have sold, and since Waldo’s debut in September 1987, he has been spotted in Hollywood, in the deep sea, on safari, on the ski slopes and even on a pirate ship. You never know where he’ll turn up next.