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Lot 8: André FRANQUIN (1924-1997) - Spirou et Fantasio – Le nid des Marsupilamis
December 11, 2016
Bruxelles, BelgiumLive Auction
Indian ink for the last strip of the page 4 and the
two first of the page 5 of the album.
Originally published for the cover of the issue
no 971 of Spirou magazine in 1956.
Cross fold in the middle of the second strip.
Signed Franquy Pop.
From the moment it first appeared, in April 1938, Journal Spirou’s
front cover was devoted to the adventures of the character from
which it took its name. Spirou’s young readers were thus spared
the trouble of turning the page in order to discover what their
favourite hero had been up to. With a few rare exceptions, the
magazine would continue presenting its weekly serial in this fashion
right up until 1965 – the year when the cover illustration took
over, as it did for most of the magazine’s competitors.
Le Nid des Marsupilamis (The Marsupilamis' Nest), launched in
Spirou on 8 November 1956, followed on from Gorille a bonne
mine (Gorilla's in Good Shape).
The page shown here came quite naturally to be divided by
Franquin into an initial sequence of three strips, since it was
printed on the cover of issue no. 971 on 22 November. The following
sequence is to be found further inside the magazine, on a second
page comprising four strips. Young readers were thus rather
spoilt by this long episode appearing week after week at the heart
of what was then Éditions Dupuis dream team’s very best offering.
For ten years, Franquin had been breathing life into this character
that was not his own creation and he was a few months away
from creating his famous jobless hero (who would appear for the
first time the following February). It was just at this time that
Franquin’s wife Liliane gave birth to their daughter Isabelle – and
Franquin dreamed up his story Le Nid des Marsupilamis, a mythical
episode of the series produced when his drawing skills were
at their absolute height…
And all the central figures are present, including Seccotine, the
journalist with the little pointy nose, a product of Franquin’s imagination
who emerged at a time when heroines were rather rare in
the pages of this beautiful magazine.