Dec 272015

"Friends of Spirou Code of Honor" 7 ('Les Amis de Spirou Code d'Honneur' 7; ill. Jijé & Jean Doisy; Copyright (c) 1941 by Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

I can’t help but feel Georges is being a bit prissy here. And of course the moral is at least half hypocritical, as Jijé himself painted nudes, for example. Besides, the corrupting movie looks like great fun! Well, at least they can all come together and agree on stylish trench coats…

The Journal thankfully relaxed its prudery decades ago (for example, check out the cover of next week’s issue).

As usual, an accompanying moral message from the Robbedoes Almanak 1944, which focuses more on the “getting your hands dirty” part (and again has reordered the points): Continue reading »

Dec 212015

Jean De Mesmaeker, aka Jidéhem (Photo Copyright (c) D. Fouss, image from

Today, 21. December, is the eightieth birthday of Jean De Mesmaeker, known as Jidéhem (from the initials JDM). To Spirou readers he is best known as Franquin’s assistant, who drew most of the backgrounds of the adventures starting with La Peur au bout du fil (“Fear at the End of the Line”) and then Le Prisonnier du Bouddha (Spirou & Fantasio #14, “Prisoner of the Buddha”) in 1958. But Jidéhem was also an important contributor to the Journal de Spirou in his own right. Continue reading »

Dec 182015

With La Colère du Marsupilami (Spirou & Fantasio #55, “Wrath of the Marsupilami”) underway, maybe it’s a good time to post this fancomic (from Facebook):

'Marsu tu as perdu la tête', homage to Franquin ("Marsu you have lost your head"; ill. Jo Albanese; Copyright (c) 2015 by the artist; Spirou (c) Dupuis, Marsupilami (c) Marsu Productions; image from

“Here! He’s heeere!” “Good Marsupilami! Good…” “Hey! Marsu, what are you doing? You’ve lost your mind…” Homage to Franquin, by Jo Albanese (2015).

Jo Albanese is clearly a big Franquin fan, to judge from his Facebook feed, and his monsters in particular are close imitations of Franquin’s style.

Dec 102015

In the special Christmas issue of the Journal de Spirou (#4051-4052), there’s a full-page ad that promises “Soon: A new magazine in the Spirou universe” and the date 7. January, along with the cartoon below:

Advertising cartoon for 'Groom' (ill. Romain Dutreix; Copyright (c) 2015 by Dupuis and the artist; image from

“We’re not getting anywhere, boss. He isn’t coughing up anything but random nonsense… He’s a tough one!” “Continue grilling him! I want to taste what he’s cooking up…”

The same picture (by Romain Dutreix) was posted by Dupuis to Facebook, and next week’s issue of the Journal carries another ad, drawn by Munuera (with Napoleon and a Storm Trooper, to fit in with the issue’s Star Wars-theme). So what is this about? Continue reading »

Dec 062015

Today, a one-pager from our friends over at InediSpirou. This comic, written by D. Guillaumont and drawn by M. Séchet, was created for the Journal‘s 2014 “create your own Spirou comic” challenge. Although it didn’t win, it was eventually printed (in tiny format and partially covered up) on the letter pages in issue #3992. Translated with permission:

"Marsupilami Wants to Play!" ('Le Marsupilami veut jouer !'; ill. Séchet & Guillaumont; Copyright (c) 2014 Dupuis and the artists; image from; SR scanlation)

Le Marsupilami veut jouer !

Ibn-Mahzoud, of course, is the sheik from Franquin’s Vacances sans histoires (“An Uneventful Holiday”), the world’s worst driver.

Dec 042015

Samples from three upcoming one-shots, upcoming publications in Icelandic, Spanish and English, and some minor updates on two books in French… Continue reading »