In 1970 the Journal Tintin started with the pre-publication of the Lefranc album “Le repaire du loup”. As you all know, this album was drawn by Bob De Moor under guidance of Jacques Martin. The 4th album in the Lefranc series would surprisingly only be released some 4 years later by Casterman.
In the archives of Olivier Marin, we found a pencil drawing on Schoeller’s Parole paper of what seems to have been the sketch for what was to become the cover artwork of the Journal Tintin number 16 of the 21st of April 1970. The cover shows a falling Lefranc. But let’s take a closer look to the first and the final version, because there are some differences to be seen.
On the left you see the sketch which has a Lefranc falling in a slightly different angle, with his body more bent. His arms also point upwards and not downwards like on the published version. This is probably due to the different postures one sees in the Lefranc albums, where the bodies always tend to be a bit more stiff. Next we see that Bob De Moor put the album title followed by “par Jacques Martin / Bob De Moor”. This was omitted in the final version and we are not sure why. Perhaps it was considered that the Lefranc series was known enough to go without the name of the authors? Nevertheless you can already see the initial design of the front cover with that very powerful wolf’s head on a red background taking 1/3 of the page.
Note also that the Journal Tintin logo and baseline have not been ‘framed’ like in the sketch but instead are shown over the actual drawing letting the action flow untouched in the background.
This cover is by far considered as one of the best De Moor did for the Journal Tintin, and now you can finally see that the strength was already there in the initial sketch.
Two weeks ago you could read about a Journal Tintin publicity cartoon created by Bob De Moor. The cartoon presented on our website came from the mold used to print the cartoon in the actual publication. It was Olivier Marin who acquired this rarity and also him who made the print so we were able to show it to you.
Today we present you a second cartoon, again taken from a mold which Bob De Moor collector Olivier Marin saved from destruction. The cartoon is, unlike the previous one, in Dutch, and was used to promote Kuifje, the Flemish (Dutch written) counterpart of the French written Journal Tintin. In the drawing you can also see Monsieur Tric sitting in the dentist’s waiting room next to – surprise, surprise – smiling people. Unlike what you’d expect, they don’t show any fear because their dentists has the (latest?) issue of Kuifje ! Speaking of a unique selling proposition… You can also see a kid rushing into the dentist’s ‘operating theatre’ after the dentist says “Next!”.
As you can notice there is no signature present on this print, and it wasn’t present on the mold used either. Weird.
In the 60s Bob De Moor created several cartoons which have been published left and right, in bigger and smaller magazines. Most of these publications are close to unknown to most of you today and are often very difficult to trace back. It’s also not always easy to find out where a drawing was actually published. In some cases it’s not even possible to find back the drawings…
And that was the case with the drawing we present you today. The cartoon you see here comes from the mold used to print the cartoon in the actual publication. The original drawing might have gone lost or is now in the possession of a private collector who hasn’t made it public. It was Olivier Marin who acquired this rarity and also him who made the print so we can show it to you today.
The cartoon is a publicity for the Journal Tintin and you can see the kid yelling: “Shorter! Shorter! I haven’t yet finished reading my Journal Tintin!” The style used here is the same as the one we have shown you here and here and can be situated somewhere in the sixties, we presume it is after 1965.
There is a whole series of these cartoons which were published back then in a similar style. We’ll present you a selection of these bit by bit. If you know where the cartoon originally has been used for, let us know!