Jul 302013

Journal de Spirou #3929 cover (ill. Olivier Schwartz; (c) Dupuis)

As hinted in a previous update, this week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou is a Smurf special, timed to coincide with the publication of Les Schtroumpfs: L’Intégrale Tome 1 (1958–1966) collecting the first Smurf stories. Much like with the Spirou anniversary issue earlier in the year, that means every comic in the magazine has to feature the Smurfs, and again that leads to them being drawn into unrelated series.

The twist this time is that the issue features the final part of La queue du Marsupilami (Marsupilami #1, “The Tail of the Marsupilami”) from 1987, now edited with extra smurfness:

While the magazine credits Batem and Greg for the album, according to Franquin: Chronologie d’une oeuvre, Franquin was heavily involved in the creation, having final approval of everything and making edits to every page. Is it at all problematic, then, to modify it after his death, even if it’s for a gag?

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