Lot 8: André FRANQUIN (1924-1997) - Spirou et Fantasio – Le nid des Marsupilamis

Huberty & Breyne Gallery

December 11, 2016, 3:00 PM CET
Bruxelles, Belgium
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Description: 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. 28x31 cm. Dupuis, 1960. Comments: 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.
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