Jul 192015
 

'Le Fantaspeed' ("The Fantaspeed"; ill. Clarke, Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from clarkenet.wordpress.com; SR scanlation)

Around 2003, Dupuis Publishing was looking for a team to take over Spirou & Fantasio from Tome & Janry, and Vehlmann was shortlisted as the new writer. He wrote a short script for different artists to try their hand at, including Yoann and Clarke (Melusine). However, the job ultimately went to Morvan & Munuera, and years later Clarke put the pages up on his blog.

According to Clarke the pages were also colored, but he doesn’t have them, so we’ll make do with the black and white:

'Le Fantaspeed' p.1 ("The Fantaspeed"; ill. Clarke, Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from clarkenet.wordpress.com; SR scanlation)
'Le Fantaspeed' p.2 ("The Fantaspeed"; ill. Clarke, Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from clarkenet.wordpress.com; SR scanlation)
'Le Fantaspeed' p.3 ("The Fantaspeed"; ill. Clarke, Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from clarkenet.wordpress.com; SR scanlation)
'Le Fantaspeed' p.4 ("The Fantaspeed"; ill. Clarke, Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from clarkenet.wordpress.com; SR scanlation)
'Le Fantaspeed' p.5 ("The Fantaspeed"; ill. Clarke, Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; image from clarkenet.wordpress.com; SR scanlation)

Yoann’s version has also been published, in the special edition of Les géants pétrifiés (“The Petrified Giants”), and there’s a scanlation by Miriam here.

Clarke also made this page (posted here), where Uncle Paul discusses the technical aspects of the machine:

'Les fiches techniques de l'oncle Paul: Le Fantaspeed' ("Uncle Paul's Technical Reports: The Fantaspeed"; ill. Clarke; (c) the artist; Spirou and Uncle Paul (c) Dupuis; image from clarkenet.wordpress.com; SR scanlation)

  5 Responses to “Scanlation Sunday: The Fantaspeed (Clarke)”

  1.  

    So Vehlmann/Yoann could have happened earlier and we would’ve been spared Morvan/Munuera altogether?

  2.  

    It’s nice that the style in these pages is somewhere in between Janry (or Luc Warnant) and Munuera, isn’t it? A little too cold (as Munuera’s run) to my eye, but very nicely drawn in any case.

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