Jul 172016
 

Summer contest strip, from 'Journal de Spirou' #4082-4083 (ill. Yoann & Vehlmann; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artists; SR scanlation)

Every summer the Journal de Spirou runs a reader contest, with strips of different comics that each offer a clue on some particular theme. This year each strip includes a coded reference to some other comic from the magazine. Yoann & Vehlmann’s entry, colors by Laurence Croix, is in the special summer issue, #4082–4083, currently out. Shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out… (Check out previous years’ entries here, here and here.)

By the way, shades also of Fournier’s X75 strip

Jul 102016
 

"Friends of Spirou Code of Honor 11th Commandment", ad for Spirou subscription from 'Les Bonnes Soirées' ('Les Amis de Spirou Code d'Honneur' 11; ill. Jijé; Copyright (c) 1941 by Dupuis and the artist; SR scanlation)

The “Friends of Spirou” Code of Honor only has nine commandments. But the comic strips Jijé made from them were not just a means to communicate the Code; they also served a secondary purpose. They were printed in Dupuis’ other magazines – Le Moustique and Les Bonnes Soirées – to advertise the Journal de Spirou and convince parents of the wholesome values the comic and its fan club stood for. And so as part of this advertising, Jijé also created one more strip (let’s call it the eleventh commandment, to set it off from the “real” Code), to emphasize a point perhaps even more important from the publisher’s point of view: Never miss an issue of Spirou!

No less relevant today, you can heed this important message by subscribing here, no matter where you are in the world. Continue reading »

Jun 192016
 
Thumbnail, Spirou and Tintin crossover, Journal de Spirou #4078 (ill. Fred Neidhardt after Franquin & Hergé; Copyright (c) 2016 Dupuis and the artist; Tintin (c) Casterman, Studio Hergé; SR scanlation)

The biggest crossover in Belgian comics

Journal de Spirou #4078 (8. June, 2016) is actually the four thousandth issue of the Journal (because when the magazine adopted continuing numbering instead of within-year numbering after the war, they simply counted the number of weeks since the first issue, even if no magazine had come out that week). For this occasion, the magazine features a selection of “scoops” from the history of the magazine, as told and illustrated by Fred Neidhardt. This includes a crossover between Spirou and Tintin! Continue reading »