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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.