Daan Jippes is perhaps best known as a chameleon of an artist, able to create uncanny imitations of Carl Barks (he’s often been called on to restore, redraw or draw new Duck comics from Barks’ scripts) as well as Uderzo and other artists in the Franco-Belgian “bignose” tradition (including this Franquin pastiche). His original works should not be forgotten, however, particularly Twee voor Thee (“Two for Tea”, 1972) and his adaptations of the Havank detective mysteries in recent years.
Still, given his outstanding ability to straddle American and European comic traditions, it’s only natural that a lot of his commissioned illustrations should seek to combine these influences, as in these pieces:
And here’s an earlier variation on the same theme that was actually commissioned by Spirou Reporter (before this site existed):
It might also be interesting to have a look at Jippes’ first sketch version, expressing a slightly different idea (Spirou and Donald having swapped uniforms, and Fantasio and Scrooge their clothes as well):
Hope to see more Spirou art (crossover or standalone) from Danier in the future! (Acknowledgment: This post was inspired by this blog post.)