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Exclusive Blake & Mortimer material revealed via this Bob De Moor website

Late last year Dargaud published a Blake & Mortimer album holding the complete “Les Trois Formules Du Professeur Satô” series, in this case 2 albums of which the second album, “Professor Sató’s Three Formulae, Volume 2: Mortimer vs. Mortimer”, was drawn by Bob De Moor based on the sketches Edgar P. Jacobs made several years before.

blake-mortimer-integrales-tome-5-3-formules-du-professeur-sato-les-integrale-completeAs we all know, up until today, people have mixed feelings about that second album, although when you are well informed you can only decide that Bob De Moor did exactly what Jacobs would have wanted.

The Blake & Mortimer – Intégrales – tome 5 – 3 formules du Professeur Satô (Les) – Intégrale complète album is available now from Amazon France.

But that is a complete other discussion and today we’ll focus on 2 drawings (sketches for the album cover artwork) which popped up in this new album edition. The origin of this drawing is not well known to the public, so here’s the story, and yes, this site was involved in discovering the sketchs and having them included in the album (hence why the names Olvier Marin and Bernard Van Isacker are also mentioned in the ‘thank you’).

As we documented in the past, early last year we went to pay a visit to Olivier Marin, who many will know as artist behind the albums / series “Les déesses de la route”, “Le mystère de la traction 22”. Olivier has a nice collection of originals of Bob De Moor, and that collection also includes a few Blake & Mortimer drawings, including 2 test drawings for the cover artwork, which hadn’t been published before.

The first drawing shows a coloured sketch of the final version of the cover (and thus does not differ that much from the published version). You can see it below.

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More interesting is the 2nd alternative version which consists of 2 parts, the underlaying drawing is as it seems a sketch by Edgar P. Jacobs on which Bob De Moor placed a film to construct a more finished version of the cover. We have no idea why De Moor (or the Edgar P. Jacobs right owners) went for a new version and not for this sketch, perhaps the composition was just not good enough.

You can see the effect below, first you see the original sketch by Edgar P. Jacobs, and then the filter superposed by Bob De Moor adding his drawing to Jacobs’ sketch.

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As soon as I noticed these drawings I contacted the family De Moor and one thing led to another and they ended up in the new edition as exclusive new material. Or how coincidence can make things happen!

Extended thanks to Olivier for his collaboration!

4 Bob De Moor dedications from the archives of Johannes Stawowy

In the past 2 years we have been using a lot of pictures taken from the archives of Johannes Stawowy, as you can see here for instance. But a few weeks ago Johannes sent us also a couple of scans of drawings Bob De Moor made when corresponding with him or when signing a scrapbook. Today we show you 4 of these dedications.

A self portrait of Bob De Moor, probably made in 1986.
A self portrait of Bob De Moor, probably made in 1986.

The first one is a self portrait (a selfie that is nowadays) which was placed in a scrapbook Johannes kept from the events surrounding Bob De Moor‘s visit to Mülheim, Germany back in 1986.

As you can see the drawing was first sketched out and then completed with a marker. You’ll recognise the big nose and typical moustache which have always been part of Bob De Moor‘s self portraits.

Jacques Martin's Lefranc as drawn by Bob De Moor.
Jacques Martin’s Lefranc as drawn by Bob De Moor.

Next is a drawing of Lefranc, which De Moor made in November 1988. In case you don’t know why De Moor drew Lefranc (and believe it or not, there are still many who don’t know), De Moor drew the 4th Lefranc album “Le repaire du loup” under guidance of Jacques Martin.

Cori by Bob De Moor.
Cori by Bob De Moor.

The 3rd drawing is one of Cori which De Moor made in May 1990. By May 1990 De Moor was in between the publication of 2 Cori albums, “L’Expédition maudite” (1987) and “Dali Capitan” (1993) and he had finished the extremely stressful work on the Blake & Mortimer album “Professor Sató’s Three Formulae, Volume 2: Mortimer vs. Mortimer” in February of that year. He was also in the middle of the first harsh criticism regarding the work he had done on said Blake & Mortimer album.

Bob De Moor on a pencil.
Bob De Moor on a pencil.

The 4th one is again a self portrait made in August 1986 and which shows De Moor’s head placed on a pencil. It wouldn’t be the last time that De Moor would use his head that way. For the 1989 published graphic biography book “Bob De Moor” released by Warande Turnhout, he would put his head in a Pelikan inkwell.

If you also have such dedications by Bob De Moor, don’t hesitate to send them, especially if they have some interesting details!