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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.

Bob De Moor congratulates Raymond Leblanc for Tintin magazine’s 40th anniversary

In 1986 Raymond Leblanc‘s Tintin magazine existed 40 years. Lots of extra drawings were made that year by Bob De Moor and others to celebrate this event (and we’ll get back on this subject later on). But not all drawings were meant for general publication because several comic authors also decided to send personal greetings to Raymond Leblanc. One of those more personal drawings came from Bob De Moor who made a drawing featuring a rather muscled Raymond Leblanc (with a ‘Journal Tintin’ T-shirt) holding up a ‘gymnastic choreography’ consisting of Monsieur Tric, Bouboule et Noiraud, Barelli, Balthazar and Cori.

The drawing Bob De Moor gave to Raymond Leblanc.
The drawing Bob De Moor gave to Raymond Leblanc.

Although Tintin magazine was one of the major publications of the Franco-Belgian comics scene in the first decades after being launched, the 1980s showed a steady decline of popularity of Tintin magazine, with different short-lived attempts to attract a new audience. Nevertheless the magazine would have some important new authors and series launched, including Grzegorz Rosiński, with Thorgal, and Andreas, with Rork. Nevertheless, at the end of 1980, the Belgian edition was cancelled, leaving the French edition remaining.

By 1988 the circulation of the French version had dropped to 100,000. When the contract between the Hergé family and Raymond Leblanc finished, the name was changed to Tintin Reporter. Alain Baran tried to revive the magazine, but that effort disappeared after six months, leaving behind a financial disaster. The circulation of the magazine dropped dramatically, and the publication of the Dutch version Kuifje ceased in 1992. The French version, renamed Hello BD, finally disappeared in 1993.

1986 would be a rather turbulent year for Bob De Moor. He would complete his final year at the Studios Hergé. In 1987 the Studios were disbanded and transformed into the Hergé Foundation, Bob De Moor would settle himself again as independent comic author.

Make sure to also check this 1986 interview with Bob De Moor.

(Thanks to the Jacques Martin forum for the scan)

Tintin & Snowy test drawing by Bob de Moor for Belvision’s ‘Tintin and the Lake of Sharks’

1972521_643221599060999_711293657_nThis Tintin & Snowy drawing was completed by Bob de Moor in 1972 for the Studios Hergé. Of course it was made for the “Kuifje en het Haaienmeer” (that’s the dutch title – so you also get to learn Bob’s language bit by bit ) as produced by the Belvision studios. Note again that the different drawing is due to the purpose of the drawing: to serve as a guideline for the animators at the Belvision studios. Another test drawing for a dog can be seen here. That’s also why Snowy has a more human mouth for instance (which you also saw in the very early Belvision animated series of Tintin).

For those interested to know how Bob de Moor worked on this and other Tintin animated films, make sure to read Monographie BELVISION – tome 0 – Monographie Belvision – “Le Hollywood européen du dessin animé”, it holds a lot of extra artwork and information.

“Tintin and the Lake of Sharks” (French: “Tintin et le lac aux requins”) was directed by Raymond Leblanc and written by the Belgian comics creator Greg (Michel Regnier). Bob de Moor supervised the film for the Studios Hergé. Note that this isn’t the first time that Greg wrote a scenario for Hergé. Earlier on he had written the scenario for the abandoned Tintin album “Thermozéro” which might now be released after all so it seems.

Bob de Moor test drawing for Tintin and Snowy animated film “Tintin and the Lake of Sharks”

10155253_643225342393958_1853556247_nWe unearthed this test drawing by Bob de Moor for the Tintin story “Tintin and the Lake of Sharks”. The drawing was completed around 1972. Note that the different way of drawing is due to the purpose of the drawing: to serve as a guideline for the animators at the Belvision studios.

For those interested to know how Bob de Moor worked on this and other Tintin animated films, make sure to read Monographie BELVISION – tome 0 – Monographie Belvision – “Le Hollywood européen du dessin animé”, it holds a lot of extra artwork and information.

“Tintin and the Lake of Sharks” (French: “Tintin et le lac aux requins”) was directed by Raymond Leblanc and written by the Belgian comics creator Greg (Michel Regnier). Bob de Moor supervised the film for the Studios Hergé. Note that this isn’t the first time that Greg wrote a scenario for Hergé. Earlier on he had written the scenario for the abandoned Tintin album “Thermozéro” which might now be released after all so it seems.

An album would be published too from the film, albeit in different versions, including a black & white version for which de Moor actually drew the backgrounds as well instead of using just the celluloid backgrounds as is the case in the commercially available album.