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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!

The sketch for Lefranc’s ‘Le repaire du loup’ cover of the Journal Tintin of April 21st, 1970

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.

The sketch as made by Bob De Moor for the cover of the Journal Tintin number 16 of the 21st of April 1970.
The sketch as made by Bob De Moor for the cover of the Journal Tintin number 16 of the 21st of April 1970.

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.

The cover of the Journal Tintin number 16 of the 21st of April 1970.
The cover of the Journal Tintin number 16 of the 21st of April 1970.

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.

Reminder, this year, 41 years later, the French editor Ludovic Gombert will actually release a ‘remastered‘ big format (28,5 x 38 cm) of this album, limited to just 250.

Lefranc album ‘Repaire du Loup’ by Jacques Martin & Bob De Moor to be reissued in a big ‘remastered’ format

“Le Repaire du loup” was the 4th volume in the Lefranc series by Jacques Martin, but unlike the first 3, this 4th volume was drawn by Bob De Moor. Pre-published in the Belgian Journal Tintin between April 21st 1970 and 8 September 1970 it was finally published in album format in 1974 by the Belgian editor Casterman.

This year, 41 years later (!), the French editor Ludovic Gombert will release a ‘remastered‘ big format (28,5 x 38 cm) of this album, limited to just 250 copies! The re-edition will be published in black/white. The full technical info can be found here.

Before and after the cleaning.
Before and after the cleaning.

When we say ‘remastered‘, we mean that every page will have been cleaned in order to offer you the best possible printing. To show you how the editor will proceed, we received 2 examples showing you in detail what this ‘remasterisation’ will entail. The first detail is a drawing and as you can see the first picture shows some artefacts while the second has been cleaned out completely. This is a manual job, which means lots and lots of work hours to get the job properly done.

Before and after the cleaning.
Before and after the cleaning.

The second example shows a text balloon, before and after, and again you can see that there is a lot of working being executed right now to give you the best possible printing quality. Expect the album to be ready by the 2nd trimester of 2015 with a price of 99 Euro. We’ll post pre-order links when the become available.

The other volumes are planned to follow in chronological order later on, but more when we the info is confirmed.