Info wanted on these 2 Bob De Moor ‘Explorers on the Moon’ advert sketches

This morning we received the following scans of 2 drawings (each sized 13,5 x 10 cm), both were sketched by Bob De Moor.

Both sketches feature elements from the 7th Tintin album “Explorers on the Moon”, the first one showing a drunk Captain Haddock floating in space (taken from page 10 in the album), the second showing Captain Haddock jumping high in the airless sky of the moon due to the lower gravity forces (this scene takes place on page 26 of the album) with Tintin and Snowy watching.

We have been asked for some more info on what these sketches were made for. It’s presumed that they were made for bigger drawings to be featured on towels which were sold in the mid eighties like this one below. If you have some more info, please mail us at bernard.vanisacker@gmail.com .

If you pay some close attention to the sketches, you’ll notice that there are some differences when you compare these sketches with the final album versions.

The first sketch has a different angle than the original sketch while the second picture has the moonrocket in the background which is not the case in the album version, and Snowy has also appeared in the sketch, presumably to give it an extra touch as was going to be used for commercial products.

If you have more info regarding these sketches, where the final drawings were used, etc please let us know!

1947’s King Pi-Po-Pen in 1976

2 years ago the ever prolific Brabant Strip team dedicated its 100th album in their Fenix Collection to the 1947 album “Le Mystère du vieux chateau fort”, this time in a Dutch version. This Bob De Moor album was one of the few ones published on a scenario by his brother-in-law John Van Looveren, and it’s one of the most beautiful ones ever released because of its graphic design and the colours used.

Le Mystère du vieux chateau fort

The original version had been released in 1947 by the Brussels-based editor Editions Campéador and was a translation of an originally in dutch written story. It’s unclear who had translated the story back then, but sure thing is that there is an original dutch written script for this story which we found back in the archives of Ludo Van Looveren.

More recently a copy of this original version was auctioned holding a drawing Bob De Moor added in March 1976. It’s one of the few of these albums where De Moor created a character (during a signing session?). The drawing depicts the King Pi-Po-Pen which De Moor gave an overhaul in his typical Tintinesque Barelli style.

1947's King Pi-Po-Pen in 1976

Bob De Moor’s drawing of his baby nephew Ludo Van Looveren

On May 7 1944, whilst Antwerp (and the rest of Belgium) were still under German occupation, John Van Looveren became a father of a boy, Ludo. John was Bob De Moor‘s brother-in-law and married to Bob’s sister Alice De Moor. Both John and Bob were very close around that time. Bob had for instance illustrated a story by John a year earlier relating the story of John and his friend Edmond Claes trying to flee (in vain) for the German invaders.

When the then 18-year old Bob visited the freshly born Ludo Van Looveren, he made the following drawing of baby Ludo. You see the very young Ludo (probably just a few days or weeks old) sleeping in his bed whilst enjoying his dummy. Bob De Moor signed as ‘R. De Moor’ and added ‘1944’. The paper the pencil drawing was made on has coloured over the years and judging on some marks has also been thumbtacked to a wall or on a cabinet for quite some time. The colouring on the border furthermore shows it was framed (and coloured by the light) later on before it ended up in Ludo’s own archives where he has kept it away from any further light damage.

Bob De Moor portret ludo van looveren 1944

It’s the first time that this drawing has been published and it depicts a Bob De Moor who is mastering his sketching more and more. Compare it with this drawing made 3 years earlier and you can recognise that De Moor has evolved quite a bit. A good detail is Ludo’s eye which has been very well drawn and the cheek. A soft stroke and shadows do create a better effect than the harder lines he would have used a few years earlier.

Bob De Moor portret ludo van looveren 1944 detail

Bob De Moor decided to also add some black pencil shadow on top of the grey pencil strokes (in order to put some emphasis we presume), but he stopped halfway through, probably because he saw it was making the drawing too hard.

But what happened to that cute baby? Well, Ludo apparently inherited some of the family De Moor’s genetics plus his father’s sense for imagination as he’d become an interiors architect docent following his graduation in 1968 at the ‘Nationaal Hoger instituut voor bouwkunst en stedenbouw Antwerpen‘ (now known as ‘Henry Van De Velde Instituut‘), a renown school for architecture and actually born out of the arts school Bob De Moor had been going to.

The same year Ludo married Corry De Souter and in 1969 his first son was born, Arik followed by Bram in 1972. By then Ludo had become a docent interior architecture at the ‘Hoger instituut Coloma, Mechelen‘, nowadays known as the ‘Thomas More Hogeschool‘.

In 1974 Ludo Van Looveren developed a shared passion with Bob De Moor when he started building his very own yacht, which would be completed 6 years later in 1980. In 1984 he would even take a sabbatical year to go and sail to Portugal. The sailing virus never left the couple Van Looveren and after retiring in 1999, the family Van Looveren has enjoyed several sailing holidays.

Thanks a lot to Ludo Van Looveren for sawing this drawing!