Mar 202017
 
Journal de Spirou #4117 cover, Zorglub (ill. Munuera; Copyright (c) 2017 Dupuis and the artist; image from izneo.com)

“My Moment Has Come!”

The first installment of the Zorglub spin-off by Munuera ran in the Journal de Spirou a couple of weeks ago (in a special issue devoted to villains), and to give readers a sense of this new series, here is the first part of La Fille du Z (“Daughter of the Z”): Continue reading »

Mar 122017
 

A few weeks ago, Spirou Reporter reposted an image that Kid Toussaint had put up on Facebook, a film noir-ish drawing by Chris Evenhuis for an aborted Spirou project they worked on together. Toussaint followed up that post with a series of images from another Spirou project, this time with more of a superhero flavor:

'Spirou Comics' sample (ill. David Lafuente & Kid Toussaint; Copyright (c) the artists; Spirou (c) Dupuis; SR translation; image from facebook.com/tkid.toussaint)(The reference to the “professor” being 75 suggests that this may have been intended for the Spirou 75th anniversary issue in 2013.) In addition to this sample page, drawn by David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), the images include studies of many Spirou characters, drawn by several different artists (apparently mostly from the Marvel stable)… Continue reading »

Mar 012017
 
Gaston Lagaffe's first appearance, Journal de Spirou #985 (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) 1957 Dupuis and the artist; colors by Spirou Reporter after Rombaldi Franquin intégrale)

The first appearance of Gaston, in ‘Journal de Spirou’ #985 (28. February, 1957)

Yesterday it was 60 years since Gaston Lagaffe walked into the door of the offices of the Journal de Spirou (or to put it another way, 60 years since the publication date of issue #985 of the Journal, with the first appearance of the character). As low-profile as the introduction was, Gaston – created by André Franquin and Yvan Delporte – would come to have immense impact on Spirou & Fantasio, pulling Franquin away from the series and redefining the relationship between the characters and the magazine publishing their adventures. Continue reading »

Feb 132017
 

'Bravo les Brothers' intro thumbnail, from JdS #1434 (ill. Franquin; Copyright (c) 1965 Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

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. Continue reading »

Jan 292017
 
'La Jeunesse de Champignac' thumbnail ("Champignac's Youth"; ill. Jordi Sempere; Copyright (c) Dupuis and the artist; image from jlmunuera on bdgest.com)

From “Champignac’s Youth” test pages, by Jordi Sempere

Yesterday’s article about the Zorglub spin-off mentioned that it seems to represent the culmination of an ambition Munuera has had for a while. In 2008, shortly after being forced out of Spirou & Fantasio, he posted a message to the BD Gest’ Forums that describes those plans: Continue reading »

Jan 282017
 
Zorglub #1 'La Fille du Z' FR provisional cover ("The Daughter of the Z"; ill. Munuera; Copyright (c) 2017 by Dupuis and the artist; image from fnac.com)

Zorglub #1: ‘La Fille du Z’ provisional cover, by José Luis Munuera

Catching up on some older news, it was revealed in December that the upcoming album by Munuera, La Fille de Zorglub (“Zorglub’s Daughter”), won’t be a Spirou one-shot, but actually the first volume in a Zorglub spin-off series. Also, the title is now the slightly different La Fille du Z (“Daughter of the Z”). Continue reading »