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Fantasio

Fantasio

The character of Fantasio, a young reporter with “Moustique” and then with “Spirou”, was created in 1943 by Jijé, who portrayed him as a young, jazz-loving dandy. Franquin made some changes to his image, altering his thin neck and changing his hairstyle. On that subject, he unburdened himself to Numa Sadoul in “Et Franquin créa la gaffe.” “I had been drawing “Spirou” for years when I found myself in the presence of Mr Matthews, one of the company directors. He announced, in a pompous manner, “Monsieur Franquin, Fantasio has eight strands of hair; four on the left and four on the right. That is something that must not change!” Me, I couldn’t have cared less about the number of hairs on Fantasio’s head; sometimes I would give him four; sometimes eight; I couldn’t honestly tell you! And to think that it was the only detail that he noticed in the character! And so pompous! It was as if he was defending some sort of law that could not be broken, like some rigid code, you know!” This portfolio shows the richness that characterised the supporting role in “Spirou et Fantasio.” It contains 11 drawings (eight in colour; two in black and white and one that graces the certificate of authentication) taken from the adventures of Spirou et Fantasio.

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