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"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1924, he died in 1997.

André Franquin is considered as one of the founding fathers of the Franco-Belgian comics tradition. He was part of the so-called “School of Marcinelle,” a group of artists that worked for the magazine Spirou in the 1950s and 1960s. Franquin started his career by creating illustrations for magazines like Le Moustique and Bonnes Soirées. From 1946 onwards, he took over the roles of writer and artist for the popular series Spirou et Fantasio, a job which he took over from his mentor, Jijé. He is the creator of the Marsupilami, a yellow animal living in the fictive country of Palombia, and of Gaston Lagaffe (“Gaston the blunder”), the lazy employee of the fictive Spirou offices. Franquin was also known for his dark humor, which he displayed in a series called Idées noires (“Dark thoughts”).


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