Flipping through Dans l’enfer des hauts de pages (“In Hell at the Top of the Page”), the recently released collection of Yann & Conrad’s 1981 Journal de Spirou gag series, it’s clear that many of the jokes are hard to appreciate (or even to understand) outside the context of the magazine and the time they were originally published. But here are a few I think still work, and might be of some interest to Spirou fans, if only for Conrad’s illustrations:
They also commented on the ongoing confusion about who would take over the series from Fournier. One senses they didn’t think highly of many of the candidates…
Many of the jokes are more or less malicious attacks on other creators in the magazine (often on the very series running below them on the page). Only one is wholly exempt:
Finally, I wanted to include this one, just because of the timeliness:
For context: Willy Maltaite, better known as Will, drew Tif & Tondu for many years (and collaborated with Franquin on the Spirou adventure Les pirates du silence and on the series Isabelle). The younger Maltaite spent the last thirty years doing other series, but his Tif & Tondu spin-off Choc: Les fantômes de Knightsgrave (“Mr. Shock: The Ghosts of Knightsgrave”) began its run in the magazine last week.