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La foire aux gangsters

La foire aux gangsters

Franquin loved the atmosphere of the funfair, and knew better than anyone else how to capture it. His vivid funfair scenes are based on keen observation and a wealth of material gathered, with evident enjoyment, at fairs such as the “Foire du Midi” in Brussels. This image, which was the cover illustration of the 66th “Album du journal Spirou” lingers on the other side of the funfair, which is a world in itself. This image differs from its album equivalent, in that Franquin here condenses in one image two quite separate moments of the story: Spirou slips away on tiptoe…and the baby he has just rescued starts to howl, thereby undoing all his efforts. Worth noting in this sequence is how Franquin takes pleasure in crisscrossing the worlds of the “Gaston” and “Spirou” series, giving rise to a hilarious instance of mistaken identity.

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