Bob de Moor pays a royal tribute to the Belgo-Franco world of comics in 1989In 1989 Bob de Moor created this drawing for the Le Soir Illustré, it shows the late King Baudouin reading a Cori album  whilst sitting on a throne constructed of comic albums. This drawing actually holds a lot of info if you look more closely. Bob de Moor included every single of his favorite fellow comic writer colleagues. Missing however is Paul Cuvelier (Corentin) for some odd reason.

The way the items are incorporated might indicate how de Moor saw the comic landscape at that time. The back of the throne consists of the Tintin album “Le Sceptre d’Ottokar” by Hergé while the large basis of the throne is made of E.P. Jacobs (Blake and Mortimer) and Willy Vandersteen (Bob et Bobette).

The left arm of the chair (the right one from King Baudouin’s position) consists of albums by Jacques Martin (Alix), François Walthéry (Natacha), Hec Leemans (Bakelandt), Morris (Lucky Luke), François Craenhals (Chevalier Ardent), Jef Nys (Jommeke), Jean-Pol (Krammikske), Marc Renier (Jackson), Tibet & André-Paul Duchâteau (Ric Hochet), Will (Tif et Tondu), Roba (Boule et Bill), Marc Sleen (Néron).

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The king himself sits on albums by Lambil (Les Tuniques bleues), Johan de Moor (La Vache), Raymond Reding (Jari), Dany (Les Coquines), Bob de Groot (comic author) and Hermann (Jeremiah).

Also appearing on the left side is a Smurf (Peyo) and apparently on the right side behind the right arm of the throne is the *Houba* Marsipulami (André Franquin) busy planning something. The lantern (probably) evokes Yoko Tsuno (Roger Leloup).

Omnipresent in the back is Edgar P. Jacobs‘ yellow ‘M’ sign from the 1953 album “The Yellow ‘M'”.

(Thanks to Alain Demaret for the hint)

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