While waiting for a time when Spirou Reporter is able to resume scanlations, here’s another untexted Spirou page. This is one from the “Tomb of Rejects“, by French artist Richard Di Martino (Pif, Cléo), who posted it to his blog in 2009. It’s a test page from a few years earlier, when he was applying to succeed Morvan & Munuera on the series. He never heard back from the publisher, and the job of course went to Yoann & Vehlmann.
In March, Spirou Reporter reposted some samples from an abandoned attempt to make a version of Spirou as an American-style superhero comic, written by Kid Toussaint (Magic 7) and illustrated by a variety of different artists. One of those artists was José María Beroy (Versus, Deadman), who worked with Toussaint on À l’ombre du convoi and did the Fantasio design in the first batch. Beroy responded by posting more samples to his own blog, including more character designs (check out his version of Itoh Kata!) as well as four unlettered comic pages.
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:
(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)…
For Valentine’s Day earlier this week, writer Kid Toussaint (Magic 7) posted this image by his frequent collaborator Chris Evenhuis (Killing Time, Wynonna Earp) to Twitter and Facebook, from a one-shot that didn’t get picked up:
Toussaint writes in the comments: “Sometimes the publishers ask you for something unusual, that ultimately doesn’t go ahead… it was very good, though. […] They were very nice about it (these things happen), so no hard feelings. Just a shame, since we were having fun. […] Unusual attitude for Spirou, but it all made sense in the script. (Spoiler: It was a clone.)” The piece is inspired by the home video cover for the classic film noir Kiss Me Deadly (1955).
Thanks to Alexis Seny for the tip!