The week before the magazine serialization of a new Spirou & Fantasio adventure in the Journal de Spirou, Franquin used to draw a little teaser. In 1965 he was well and truly burned out on the series: it had been two years since the last new adventure, QRN sur Bretzelburg (Spirou & Fantasio #18, “QRN Over Bretzelburg”) which itself had been delayed for more than a year after his health collapsed. He kept drawing Gaston Lagaffe each week, but only reluctantly returned to the magazine’s flagship series, as this mini-comic illustrates. However, the result was Bravo les Brothers, which ended up as his own favorite Spirou & Fantasio adventure.
This scanlation has been scanned from the annotated edition of Bravo les Brothers (Dupuis 2012) and restored and recolored based on the original magazine publication, as reprinted in Franquin’s collected works from Rombaldi (Gaston Lagaffe vol. 5, pp. 1093–1094).