With Schwartz & Yann’s Le fétiche des Marolles about to start serialization in the Journal de Spirou, here’s yet another post related to it. Did you know that the title started out as a piece of fanart back in 1987?
The “Fanart Friday” series of posts features unofficial Spirou art and homages, by amateurs and professionals alike. But there are also illustrations that aren’t by any of the “regular” Spirou artists, but have still been officially commissioned by Dupuis – or more often, by publishers in other countries. So under “It’s Official” we’ll look at some of these pieces: a few of them good, most of them bad. Let’s start off with one that’s somewhere in between:
This strange and wonderful cover proposal for Schwartz & Yann’s sequel to Le groom vert-de-gris, the Spirou adventure about to start serialization in the Journal de Spirou in one week, presumably isn’t going to be used any more, now that the title has been changed. From the picture (and the old title), it’s easy to suspect that the story is inspired by one of Chaland’s attempts to continue his interrupted Spirou adventure: a version from 1986, sketched in a notebook while he was visiting Congo (then Zaïre), revolves around a group of female aniotos (members of a secret Leopard Society who killed while disguised as leopards). Only a few pages from this notebook have ever been published, but Yann would almost certainly have read it, since he worked with Chaland on several other drafts of the sequel.
This ensemble, featuring Modeste (from Franquin’s Modeste et Pompon) along with Spirou, the Marsupilami, Gaston and Fantasio, is excerpted from a bigger piece that also pays tribute to Disney/Barks and Warner Bros./Clampett characters.
Part of a series of sketches and character studies created for an abandoned project. The image file name hints that it may have involved Yann. The original blog post has a number of other pictures, including one that looks like it’s either a comic page layout (a proposed one-shot?) or a storyboard for a cartoon (Fagot works as an illustrator and animator).
This doesn’t quite fit under fanart, what with Munuera being an official Spirou artist, but I just had to post this beautiful commissioned watercolor, inspired by Franquin’s cover to Le repaire de la murène (Spirou #9, “The Lair of the Moray”).
In 1952, the week before the first installment of Franquin’s Les voleurs du Marsupilami (Spirou #5), the magazine carried this teaser for the upcoming adventure. It was not included in the album when the story was collected, although it is reproduced (with some rather aggressive blur) in the intégrale collected edition.
Now that Cinebook has released the album in English as The Marsupilami Thieves, perhaps it can again serve its original purpose:
I quite like this look on Spirou. If they were to do another cartoon, a style and design similar to this might be the way to go:
“Colonel Moutarde” drew a series of designs making all the Spirou characters female. So at least Seccotine still looks herself: