Serdu pays respect to Bob De Moor in 1993

In 1993 Serdu (aka Serge Duhayon) published a cartoon paying tribute to Bob De Moor who had died, and this just like many other artists around that time. And that cartoon is the one we present you today.

Serdu pays respect to Bob De Moor in 1993

We haven’t really got an idea in which publication this cartoon/tribute appeared, so if someone has an idea, let us know so we can complete that missing link.

The drawing itself shows Serdu next to a huge hand with a text ballon saying – and we translate this loosely in order to keep the spirit of the cartoon – “I have tried to draw Bob De Moor respecting the proportions compared to my ‘importance'”. In French the word ‘taille’ is used, but with a double sense as it can mean both size and importance.

dessin7The 35cm X 27cm big drawing is currently being sold on eBay for only 30 Euros.

Serdu, born in 1940, is a Belgian artist living in Hollain (Brunehaut). He has been active between 1960 and 2000 and has been published in many magazines, newspapers etc.. With over 400.000 drawings realised in the past 55 years he is for sure one of the strongholds in Belgium as far as output. He also published a couple of comics compiling his cartoons including “Freud Fiscal”, “Lbres Pensées”, “Sur le Vif”, “C’est la Vie”, etc..

You can find out more about Serdu on his official website.

A forgotten Bob De Moor drawing from Ons Volkske

A few weeks ago I was able to trace back a few copies of Hop!, a French comics magazine. In issue 25 of that magazine, dating from 1981, there’s a 4 page article written by Jean Marie Smits on the flemish production by Bob De Moor including a drawing which hasn’t been republished before.


We got in touch with Smits to know something more on the background of this drawing, but he unfortunately couldn’t recall from where exactly the drawings originated. However he guessed it had probably been published in Ons Volkske which ran from 1932 until 1988. Next to Bob De Moor you can also find work from Gommaar Timmermans, Hurey, Gilbert Declercq, Gert Ronde, Karel Verschuere, Jo-El Azara, Tibet and many other Kuifje related collaborators.

The drawing shows a moustached person resting in a sofa while enjoying a cigar and some liquor. You can recognise a steel pocket hip liquor flask on the table next to the bottle and a drinking glass. It’s our guess this drawing dates from the time De Moor was working on his first Barelli album. You can recognise the typical legs De Moor was drawing around that time (we’re speaking of the period 1949-1951).

This 64 page issue is actually full of interesting material apart from the Bob De Moor link, to start with the cover drawing which is a Le Rallic one (there’s some Hergé elements in there if you look well). Le Rallic, full name Étienne Le Rallic (1891–1968), was a French illustrator and comics artist. The 5 page coverage based on an interview Jean-Claude Rochereau had with this artist is a must read if you are unaware of this talent. A bit further in this issue you also find the short story “La Cavalière du Texas” by Le Rallic.

Hop! could rely on quite an international brigade of collaborators and not surprisingly we also find the Flemish comic connaisseur Danny de Laet back in that list.

El Spectro meets Bob De Moor in ‘Trans-Amazonie’

In 2013 the second volume in the El Spectro series by graphic artist Yves Rodier and storywriter Frédéric Antoine was published: “Trans-Amazonie”.

el-spectro-bob-de-moorSo what does that have to do with Bob De Moor you may think. We all know that Yves Rodier is a huge Bob De Moor fan (if you don’t, then you should check out this interview we had with Yves Rodier on the matter), so it wasn’t really a surprise that Bob De Moor also showed up in the album… as a mechanic called Salvatore!

The image we show you today comes from issue 26 of the comic magazine L’Immanquable in which the second El Spectro album “Trans-Amazonia” saw a pre-publication. It was kindly sent to us by Alain Demaret. If you want to have that album in your collection, know that the El Spectro albums can still be ordered via Amazon.

Here’s what Yves told us a while back when we asked him about El Spectro: “I’m not really a fan of Mexican wrestling … In fact, I’m not a fan of wrestling at all! But I’m quite a fan of the films of Mexican wrestlers from the 50s-60s, “El Santo”, “Blue Demon”, “Mil Mascaras” and so on. That was my first inspiration for “El Spectro”. The subject of my comic is more connected to the Franco-Belgian clear line than one would say at first sight. El Spectro is a classic hardcore hero, just like Tintin or Bob Morane are. Being a ‘luchador’ is only a pretext to travel around the world (he is a star of the ‘Lucha Libre’), and be athletic, know how to fight, to be adventurous, and wear a mask that makes him instantly recognizable (like the haircut of Tintin, Spirou‘s costume, the Asterix helmet, etc …). So I managed to combine my love for the Mexican Luchadores movies, adventure, spy and horror movies of the 50s-60s with the Franco-Belgian comics. This is probably a combination that has never been done before, but I think my series is a continuation of those of Tintin, Gil Jourdan, Bob Morane, Spirou, Michel Vaillant, Dan Cooper, etc … A Mexican wrestler as a hero, well worth a Belgian reporter, a French detective, a race car driver, or a Canadian airman I’d say, right?”