Graphic novel previews (in English)

2014-04-12

Hergé Studios: Bob de Moor

Part 4 of a series of previews of Hergé Studios artists and their other works. Previous parts: Edgar P. Jacobs (Blake and Mortimer), Jacques Martin (Alix) and Roger Leloup (Yoko Tsuno).

NOTE: I made a previous post about Bob de Moor and Tintin and the Shark Lake album. You can find some news about that album and its different versions here.

Bob de Moor worked at Hergé Studios from 1951 to the 80's. His most famous own creations are Cori le Moussaillon, a historical adventure set in the 17th century and Barelli, a contemporary tintinesque adventure. Unfortunately nothing has been published in English (except one album advertising the city of Brussels).




The enigmatic Mr. Barelli is a theater actor. Blond, of Yugoslav origin and bearing an Italian name, he became an international star in interpreting the Merchant of Venice, the famous hero of Shakespeare. Every time he left the stage to thunderous applause. One evening, tired of this role that sticks to the skin and the usual parade of his fans, he decided to live more adventurously. The hazards of touring around the world will allow him to get involved in murky dealings and, in various disguises, play vigilante with the complicity of her Auntie Sophia, journalist Randor and Inspector Moreau. (Lombard)

Barelli, vol 4: Bonne mine à la mer (1975)
by Bob de Moor
English scanlation


Barelli and Cori albums in French are available from BD Must




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2014-04-10

Hergé Studios: Roger Leloup

This is the third part in a series of reviews of the amazing artists who worked in the Hergé Studios. Today: Roger Leloup.

Leloup came to work at the Hergé studios because he had been working as Jacques Martin's assistant. Soon he became responsible for backgrounds and everything technical in the Tintin stories. Everybody in the studio had their own specialty and the artwork was a collaborative effort, with Hergé himself sternly in the lead.
Leloup started his own strip in 1970. Yoko Tsuno is about a japanese born electronics engineer and her friends. There are major sf elements in the stories, although for some reason the UK publisher Cinebook has deviated away from them. The stories about earth-born aliens and deep space exploration start in the next album to be published in English, The Forge of Vulcan (out in May 2014).

Besides being pretty, intelligent and courageous, Yoko Tsuno is an electronics engineer. This specialization draws her and friends Pol and Vic into adventures that cross the border between fantasy and science fiction. Yoko crosses the globe and travels through time and space; but no matter where her exploits take her, the young girl always remains faithful to herself, never forgetting values such as loyalty, friendship and respect for life. (Cinebook)


Yoko Tsuno, vol 1: On the Edge of Life (2007)
Original title: Yoko Tsuno vol 7: La Frontiere de la Vie (1977)
by Roger Leloup 1 2 3

Cinebook (UK)
Paperback, 48 pages
Translated by Luke Spear

Available from Amazon








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