Issue #4016 of the Journal de Spirou, published today, includes a rather exceptional Spirou story. Recently discovered by a collector at the bottom of an old trunk, this story appears to have been drawn by Rob-Vel in 1940, while he was serving in the French army, and has remained completely unknown and unpublished until now!
Good news everybody! The next Spirou adventure and one-shot are coming, perhaps sooner than expected, and there is going to be a graphic novel about the real-life inspiration for Spirou…
Spirou Reporter was more or less out of commission for the last month, and unfortunately missed everything from April’s Fools Day to the one-year anniversary of the site, which would have been fun to mark. But hey, we’re back! Now for a little rundown of news from the last few weeks…
Banque Dessinée is holding a special 75th anniversary Spirou comics art auction tomorrow. The lots include everything from Franquin’s original sketches for the zorglumobile and the Turbotraction II, to signed prints, to collectible plastic figurines. However, what was supposed to be a centerpiece of the auction, a series of Spirou drawings by Rob-Vel and Davine, have been denounced as fake by Christelle and Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault (CBPY), the authors of La véritable histoire de Spirou and experts on the early history of the series.
The Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD) in Brussels is currently hosting a temporary Spirou exhibition: Spirou passed from hand to hand. A few weeks ago I was able to attend it, and since it is now almost over (it closes on 6. October), here’s a photo report of that visit, so that it might encourage you to take this last chance to see it.
Once again there hasn’t been time to do an original scanlation this week, so once again you get one reposted from elsewhere. This is the second Spirou page ever (the first was posted here):
Having pulled off that getaway, can’t you just see him doing this walk?
Incidentally, while the page is officially credited to Rob-Vel, it is now believed that like most early Spirou gags, it was most likely drawn by his friend and helper, Luc Lafnet.
We’ve previously looked at upcoming Spirou releases in other languages, but nothing can compare to what’s offered in French. Declaring 2013 the Year of Spirou, Dupuis has packed its schedule full of publications. Let’s first have a look at what has already been released…
The adventures of Spirou began seventy-five years ago today!
(Scanlation courtesy of houbanaut on Scans Daily.)