This Barelli drawing was realized by Bob de Moor on the occasion of the signature of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU), signed in Maastricht on 7 February 1992, and which entered into force on 1 November 1993. It was auctioned on April 2, 2011 for 500 Euro and is one of the last publicity drawings made by Bob in the months leading up to his passing away.
It showcases the true talent of Bob. Probably made in the mid seventies. It’s the first time to our knowledge that this image gets published online (we could be wrong). Sure thing is that it is a rarity.
This original storyboard drawing of Professor Calculus is believed to be made by Bob de Moor who was actively involved in the Belgian Belvision Studio output acting as supervisor for the Hergé Studios.
The drawing is part of the storyboard for a television/cinema ad for the Sunflower oil Fruit d’Or. (Good to know for the English readers, Calculus’ original French name was “Tournesol” which is the French term for sunflower, hence the relation with the advert.)
In the 1970s and 1980s, he starred in a series of cartoon television commercials for Fruit d’or products which included cooking oil and mayonnaise made from sunflower oil. Some of the ads would conclude with him floating up into the air to demonstrate how they kept a good healthy balance. Other characters from the books were also included.
Brussels based Bob de Moor passionate Alain Demaret passed us a nice batch of rarities. In the next weeks we’ll publish several of these. The first batch includes 3 scans from a Citroën calendar from 1987 (made in 1986). Citroën was sponsor for the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée aka CBBD (for that year at least).
The drawings will remind many readers of the brochures the Studio Hergé produced for Citroën with drawings again made by Bob de Moor.
These “Aventures de la 2CV” appeared in France, Belgium, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. We’ll let these follow in HQ later on.