Lot 3: Eddy PAAPE (1920-2012) - Jean Valhardi – Le château maudit
December 11, 2016
Bruxelles, BelgiumLive Auction
Indian ink with colors on the back for the page 19
of the album.
Signed and dedicated.
Page 19 published in Journal Spirou in January 1952 under the
title “Valhardi contre le Monstre” (Valhardi against the Monster).
Published the following year as a paperback album, it bore the
revised title Valhardi et le château maudit (Valhardi and the
Doomed Castle). The text was written by the up-and-coming comics
writer Jean-Michel Charlier.
With reference to this album, Hughes Dayez said: “In Le Château
Maudit, Paape totally freed himself from Jijé’s legacy, and it’s only
thanks to the generic name ‘Jean Valhardi Detective’ that we know
we’re still dealing with the same series…” (in Le Duel Tintin-Spirou,
Éditions Luc Pire, 1997, p. 229).
So, Eddy Paape really set about reinventing the art of inking, just
at a time when he was leaving Dupuis to join World Press (founded
by Georges Troisfontaines), an employer of which he was fond of
saying “They let me draw in peace.”
And just consider for a moment the format of this page: 58 x 40 cm!