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El Spectro meets Bob De Moor in ‘Trans-Amazonie’

In 2013 the second volume in the El Spectro series by graphic artist Yves Rodier and storywriter Frédéric Antoine was published: “Trans-Amazonie”.

el-spectro-bob-de-moorSo what does that have to do with Bob De Moor you may think. We all know that Yves Rodier is a huge Bob De Moor fan (if you don’t, then you should check out this interview we had with Yves Rodier on the matter), so it wasn’t really a surprise that Bob De Moor also showed up in the album… as a mechanic called Salvatore!

The image we show you today comes from issue 26 of the comic magazine L’Immanquable in which the second El Spectro album “Trans-Amazonia” saw a pre-publication. It was kindly sent to us by Alain Demaret. If you want to have that album in your collection, know that the El Spectro albums can still be ordered via Amazon.

Here’s what Yves told us a while back when we asked him about El Spectro: “I’m not really a fan of Mexican wrestling … In fact, I’m not a fan of wrestling at all! But I’m quite a fan of the films of Mexican wrestlers from the 50s-60s, “El Santo”, “Blue Demon”, “Mil Mascaras” and so on. That was my first inspiration for “El Spectro”. The subject of my comic is more connected to the Franco-Belgian clear line than one would say at first sight. El Spectro is a classic hardcore hero, just like Tintin or Bob Morane are. Being a ‘luchador’ is only a pretext to travel around the world (he is a star of the ‘Lucha Libre’), and be athletic, know how to fight, to be adventurous, and wear a mask that makes him instantly recognizable (like the haircut of Tintin, Spirou‘s costume, the Asterix helmet, etc …). So I managed to combine my love for the Mexican Luchadores movies, adventure, spy and horror movies of the 50s-60s with the Franco-Belgian comics. This is probably a combination that has never been done before, but I think my series is a continuation of those of Tintin, Gil Jourdan, Bob Morane, Spirou, Michel Vaillant, Dan Cooper, etc … A Mexican wrestler as a hero, well worth a Belgian reporter, a French detective, a race car driver, or a Canadian airman I’d say, right?”

Yves Rodier talks about Bob De Moor: ‘His death filled me with sadness’

Yves Rodier on the roof of the Le Lombard building in Brussels.
Yves Rodier on the roof of the Le Lombard building in Brussels.

Yves Rodier (born 5 June 1967) is a Franco-Quebec comic strip author who got widely known for having completed “Tintin and Alph-Art“, albeit in a non-official version of course. It never got commercially released but despite that, it must be one of the most pirated unofficial albums ever. Since then, he has continued to make Tintin pastiches (although he has always kept in the spirit of Hergé unlike most other pastiches out there), he worked in animation (Marsupilami, Heavy Metal:FAKK 2, Bob Morane, Papyrus, Fantômette), but also built a successful comic career with his own series “Pignouf et Hamlet“, “Aventures de Simon Nian” and more recently “El Spectro” (check the official Facebook page). The latter is released via Le Lombard. We contacted Yves Rodier to ask him if he could tell us a bit more about how he met Bob De Moor.

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“Un printemps à Québec” with Bob (& Johan) de Moor

"Un printemps à Québec"
“Un printemps à Québec”

In 1988 the Canadian Québec based publisher Réal Fillion issued a book “Un printemps à Québec” holding a portfolio of 14 drawings in color by some of the most famous comic artist from that time.

The portfolio we talk about here was published on the occasion of the 1st ‘Festival de la BD francophone de Québec’ (FBDFQ) held in April 1988. Réal Fillion was also the organizer of said festival.

Released on only 390 copies the “Un printemps à Québec” book is a hard to find item which however pops up on eBay every now and then.

Note for the Belgian readers : at the CBBD in Brussels they also have a copy  in the library which you can scrutinize. The library is a place that is full of treasures for Bob de Moor fans actually. So you know what to do the next time you are in Brussels.

Cori in "Un printemps à Québec"
Cori in “Un printemps à Québec”

In the book you’ll find illustrations by the following comic artists: François Craenhals, Bob de Moor, Zoran, Antonio Cossu, Jean Morin, Mario Malouin, Martine Boutin and Johan de Moor. On the left you can see the drawing that Bob de Moor made in Québec on April 11, 1988. You can see Cori asking the direction to Réal Fillion where he has to drop a packet of European comics.

Note that one of the Québec comic artists who have since appeared there was Yves Rodier… does it ring a bell? More on Rodier and his encounter with Bob de Moor in the next days.