This week’s issue of the Journal de Spirou (#3934) is something of a treat for Spirou fans.
First, there’s the cover by Yoann & Vehlmann. (To be honest, I have no idea how involved Vehlmann actually is with these illustrations, but he might propose gags and so on, and in any case he’s credited in the signature.)
As the cover indicates, this is a special “back from vacation” issue, and the magazine traditionally uses this issue every year to preview upcoming series. This time around, that includes an update on the next Spirou album, #54. More on that in a separate post.
Then there’s a special 4-page inset of a “lost” issue of the Journal from 1943. Of course it’s not really from 1943, but a pastiche by Alec Séverin to promote the release of his album Spirou sous le manteau (“Spirou Under the Counter”). Al draws versions of the magazine’s most popular series from that time: Valhardi, Spirou, Tif et Tondu, and Noire Cavalière – the latter clearly an alias for Red Ryder, presumably for copyright reasons. He has even gone to the effort of ensuring that they fit into each comic’s continuity, with his pages following directly on from the last issue of the Journal before it was shut down by the Nazis.
Finally, there’s the first part of the serialization of the next Marsupilami album by Batem & Colman. I gave up on this spin-off many years ago, but have to admit that seeing the latest installment, I’m impressed with Batem’s illustrations.
So if you’re in a position to get hold of the magazine, you should. If not, well, at least you have this post to see what you’re missing.