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 »

Dec 102014

Journal de Spirou #4000 front cover (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

Today the 4000th issue of the Journal de Spirou is for sale. Quite an anniversary! It must be said that the official numbering is a slight exaggeration, since it’s based on counting back the weeks to the first issue on 21. April 1938, ignoring that the magazine didn’t actually come out for part of WWII. But let’s not be like those people who insisted the millennium wasn’t New Year’s Eve 1999. This is the anniversary that’s being celebrated!

If Spirou looks a bit stressed on the cover, well, there’s a reason for that… Continue reading »

Nov 232014

"The better player" or 'Jokarira bien qui jokarira le dernier' (ill. Dany & Yann; (c) Dupuis and the artists; from JDS #3914)

Dany and Yann’s “The Better Player” (originally Jokarira bien qui jokarira le dernier, untranslatable wordplay on the game Jokari and having the last laugh) comes from last year’s anniversary issue, and has been discussed a number of times before on this site. So here it is, for you to make up your own minds… Continue reading »

Jun 082014

'Spirou & Spip' (ill. Al Séverin; (c) Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

When Spirou turned 75th, he got a whole anniversary Year of Spirou in his honor. Today (ahem!) is the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of both Spip and Fantasio, in the 8. June, 1939 issue of the Journal de Spirou. There hasn’t been much celebration of that, but perhaps a suitable scanlation is in order… Continue reading »

Feb 232014

'Spirou, at your service!' (ill. Piette and Trondheim, 2013; (c) Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

Two scanlations in one day? Inconceivable! Actually, the Jijé story posted earlier today was really supposed to be for a week ago, but it got delayed, and so here’s this weekend’s scanlation. (OK, so it’s technically Monday by the time this goes up, but let’s ignore that…) This is one of the stories from the 75th anniversary issue of the Journal de Spirou last year (#3914), by Hugo Piette and Lewis Trondheim. It seems to be a prequel to this story posted previously. Continue reading »