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Happy New Year with this 1953 rarity

To end the year in beauty, we’re offering you a Christmas/New Year’s cartoon which Bob De Moor made for Publiart on December 28th 1953. The original drawing comes from the collection of Olivier Marin, which many will know as artist behind the albums / series “Les déesses de la route”, “Le mystère de la traction 22”, …

Christmas/New Year's cartoon which Bob De Moor made for Publiart on December 28th 1953.
Christmas/New Year’s cartoon which Bob De Moor made for Publiart on December 28th 1953.

The drawing we present you here shows very well how Bob De Moor often reworked his original drawing to get it as perfect as possible. If you look closely, you’ll see that the drawing consists of no less than 3 layers, all glued one on top of the other to correct an inking, to correct a composition or to add a different background.

We have no idea in which Publiart publication this was published, if someone can give us a clue, please let us know! Brabant Strip published an article in their recent issue referring to this article. And luckily for you they did know where this drawing was used. As it happens the Belgian radio/television broadcast NIR/INR had started with a new section, namely ‘variété’. Nobody else but Bob De Moor – via Publiart – is asked to make a special Christmas/New Year card for the NIR/INR. The card was made both in dutch and french.

The Publiart reference
The Publiart reference

Brabant Strip will also publicise a correction in their next issue as they had wrongly assumed that Publiart was not involved in the making of this card. The back of the drawing however clearly has a Publiart reference and this despite the fact that the company was officially only created in July 1954… but  Guy Dessicy told us a while back that Raymond Leblanc had already launched it way before that.

This is the last article for 2014, we wish you a Happy New Year and rest assured, 2015 will bring a lot more treasures from one of the best comic authors Belgium has known.

A drawing by Hergé? Nope, this is Bob De Moor at work

Each comic author has his/her very own way of drawing. When an author takes over an existing character(s) you’ll often notice this through the ‘signature’ way of drawing. In many cases the overall style changes quite suddenly (see for example the changes that happened to Willy Vandersteen’s Spike and Suzy each time a new comic author started working on the main sketches or Spirou and Fantasio); in other cases the changes can only be seen when you really pay a lot of attention to the details (see for instance the new Asterix albums which graphically are extremely close to the original Uderzo drawings).

Drawn by Bob De Moor or Hergé?
Drawn by Bob De Moor or Hergé?

Unlike most predominantly Belgian studios, the Studio Hergé was known to never let things go ‘out of control’. Even though several artists worked on the same album, the basic rule was that it should not be noticeable. It explains why for instance the cars, planes, boats, decors and even the telephones have a similar drawing style in a Tintin album although they were all drawn by different people. Nevertheless, from time to time you can see a detail that will tell you who drew what.

Today we present you a puzzle poster which was published in 1972/1973 by Publiart/E.M.A.D. for an Ola ‘Cornetto’ ice-cream campaign. For those wondering what E.M.A.D. stands for, it’s short for European Marketing Advertising, an agency created by Guy Dessicy, which aimed at running campaigns on an international level. While we all know that Bob De Moor took care of the poster on the puzzle, you can also discover that Bob De Moor did draw Captain Haddock for this advert. How? Check Haddock’s right hand. If you look closely you’ll see quite a resemblance with another right hand