Spirou and Fantasio

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Spirou and Fantasio (in the French original: Spirou et Fantasio ) are the two main characters of the Franco-Belgian comic series of the same name . The adventures of Spirou and Fantasio are among the most successful humorous adventure comics in Europe, comparable to Tintin and Asterix .

Spirou and its authors

Rob-Vel, Davine, Jijé

Current logo of Spirou magazine

Spirou was created in 1938 by the French Rob-Vel (d. I. Robert Velter ) for the comic magazine of the same name published by Dupuis . Velter, who had once pursued this activity himself, introduced the figure as a page in the Moustic Hotel (Hotel Mücke, the name comes from a magazine published by the same publisher), but quickly turned her into an adventurer. In 1939 he put the squirrel Pips aside, which from then on became his loyal companion. After the draftsman was drafted into World War II , his wife Davine (d. I. Blanche Dumoulin) looked after the series for a few months in 1939/40. In 1943 Rob-Vel finished his work on Spirou and left the rights to the series to Dupuis. With scenarioist Raoul Cauvin (who later had to do with the series again) the six-page 1938 - Spirou 1 - was created in 1970 .

For a short time as early as 1940 and then from 1943 to 1946, the Belgian Jijé (Joseph Gillain) continued the series, which under his influence made significant progress in drawing and emphasized humor more than ever. During this time during the German occupation of Belgium , he temporarily gave the series anti-Semitic features, for example when he had Isaak Godsak, who was recognized as a Jew, sabotage a film production in the 1940 volume Spirou, vedette de cinéma .

He gave Spirou more dynamism, expanded the Pips character, and added Spirou's friend Fantasio in 1943. The name of this character had already existed since 1939 - it was used by the then Spirou editor-in-chief Jean Doisy as a pseudonym for the twisted column “Voyez – vous les unerurs?” In the games section of the magazine. Since his second appearance, Jijé's Fantasio has been an indispensable part of the series.

André Franquin

In 1946 Jijé gave the series to his compatriot, the then comic novice André Franquin , who initially continued it in the style of his predecessor. From 1950, however, the rather shorter, cheerfully improvised stories gave way to longer adventures with more complex plots. Fantasio, who at Jijé was still an eccentric as well as idiotic bon vivant, mutated into a nervous reporter who was accompanied by Spirou during his reports. In addition, Franquin introduced a larger number of recurring minor characters, including the Count of Rummelsdorf, the villainous Zantafio, the reporter Steffani, the mad scientist cyclotrope and various residents of the town of Rummelsdorf. Franquin's most popular creation for the series was the fantasy creature Marsupilami . From the late 1950s, the artist received help from Greg with the scenarios and Jidéhem (i.e. Jean de Mesmaeker) with the backgrounds. He worked with the comic debutant at the time, Jean Roba , on three episodes that were created specifically for the daily Le Parisien Libéré for advertising purposes .

André Franquin turned Spirou and Fantasio into one of the great classics of Franco-Belgian comic literature. Although the title characters do not come from him, he is still seen as the real "father" of the series, on whose work the various successors could build.

Fournier, Nic & Cauvin, Tome & Janry, Chaland, Morvan & Munuera

In order to be able to devote himself fully to his own series Gaston , Franquin gave Spirou to the Breton Jean-Claude Fournier . Solid drawing and willing to experiment, his Spirou adventure, created from 1969 to 1979, moved between poetry and politics. With the Japanese magician Itoh Kata and the “exotic” reporter beauty Ororea, he added two more memorable characters to the Spirou universe. In 1979 Fournier gave up the series due to differences with the publisher about the pace of the story's publication. The tenth album- length Spirou adventure he began, La maison de la mousse , remained a five-page fragment.

From 1980/1981 the series was taken over by Nic & Cauvin and Tome & Janry at the same time . Since the former with three uninspired album-length stories met with little approval from the fans, it stayed with the Tome & Janry team. Draftsman Nic (d. I. Nicolas Broca) originally came from animation, a circumstance to which the lack of detail in his drawings can be attributed. The otherwise very successful comic book author Raoul Cauvin looks back on his part in the series as a "dark point" in his career and apologizes, among other things, with the fact that Dupuis did not allow him to use the popular supporting characters of the series.

Starting where Franquin left off in 1968, Tome & Janry (Philippe Vandevelde and Jean-Richard Geurts) made Spirou a success again in the 1980s and 1990s. Above all, they focused on contemporary action, more speed and black humor, and created, among other things, the hapless Mafia boss Don Vito Cortizone. In 1998 they surprised with the controversial Spirou adventure Hunt for Spirou , in which the characters are kept in a (comparatively) realistic style. Since Dupuis, like Fournier, also demanded greater productivity from them, Tome & Janry dropped out of the series while working on the next adventure Zorglub à Cuba (preserved as an 8-page fragment). In addition, the duo had meanwhile developed the adventures of the little Spirou as an offshoot , which has surpassed the big one in success since the 1990s.

In 1982 the unfinished Spirou comic Steel Hearts by Yves Chaland was also published. The nostalgic, originally black and white and newspaper strip-style adventure paid homage to the Spirou of the forties. The story was concluded in 1990 in the form of a text by Yann (i.e. Yann le Pennetier) with illustrations by Chaland, with Spirou and Fantasio operating under leopard skins for legal reasons.

After a break of several years, new adventures in the traditional semi-funny style, designed by the Morvan & Munuera team, appeared in 2004 , which, however - allegedly at the direction of Dupuis - had clear stylistic borrowings from the mangas . In contrast to Tome & Janry, Jean-David Morvan and José-Luis Munuera honored not only Franquin with their Spirou stories, but also the other authors of the series, for example by referring to the first Spirou episode by Rob-Vel or Fournier's Itoh Pulling the kata out of the hollow. With Miss Flanner they also added another of the rare female characters to the series. The fourth and final album of the duo was the fiftieth of the series in France and Belgium respectively and was created with the collaboration of Yann as co-scenarioist.

Current - Yoann & Vehlmann

Due to the sharp decline in sales, Dupuis decided at the beginning of 2007 to replace Morvan and Munuera with a new team in the future. After the fans had long known that Yoann (i.e. Yoann Chivard) & Fabien Vehlmann would be the successors, these names received unspectacular confirmation from the publisher in early 2009. The duo had previously realized a Spirou “One-Shot” (see below) and a short story, the latter in a somewhat more adapted drawing style. The first album-length contribution by Yoann & Vehlmann to the main series appeared in Spirou in mid-2010 . As an innovation, every adventure now ends with a brief look ahead to the next. The sales figures for this team's first albums confirmed the downward trend initiated by Morvan & Munuera. In 2014, the publishing house Dupuis received the rights to Gaston and the Marsupilami from Marsu Productions , so that these characters can be integrated again into the series Spirou and Fantasio. The return of Marsupilamis took place in the volume Der Zorn des Marsupilamis .

" One Shots "

Since 2005 - in sync with the regular albums - various other artists have been allowed to try their hand at the two heroes on behalf of the publisher / rights holder Dupuis. There are no stylistic limits to them, the only requirement is to create an “authentic” adventure from Spirou and Fantasio, and not to drift into a parody. The idea for this arose when looking for the successors of Tome & Janry: Many artists showed an interest in creating a Spirou and Fantasio adventure, but by no means several, as their own series would suffer from the time expenditure . The previous albums in this series under the title “Le Spirou de…” / “Une Aventure de Spirou & Fantasio par…” (unofficial: “One Shots”) were delivered by Yoann & Vehlmann, Frank Le Gall , Fabrice Tarrin & Yann, and Émile Bravo , Olivier Schwartz & Yann, Fabrice Parme & Lewis Trondheim and Flix . More albums are in preparation, including a. by Didier Conrad & Arleston (d. i. Christophe Pelinq), Marc Hardy & Zidrou (d. i. Benoit Drousie), Frank Pé & Zidrou and the Trio Téhem (d. i. Thierry Maunier), Pierre Makyo (d. i. Pierre Fournier) & Toldac (di. Michel Fournier) and a second each from Émile Bravo and Schwartz & Yann.

Early series development to maturity

Spirou was originally created by Rob-Vel as a bellhop , who as a girl turns everyday life in the Hotel Moustic upside down for everything , and made his debut on the cover of the first issue of the Journal de Spirou of April 21, 1938: The owner of the hotel , Monsieur Papillon, is looking for a perfect bellboy. Rob-Vel himself appears as an artist, paints Spirou and sprinkles him with the water of life. The page rises from the screen and is at your service. In his capacity as a hotel servant, Spirou first appeared on the front page in the form of 27 gag one-sided, whereby it was significant that from the ninth episode onwards his experiences took place more often outside the hotel than inside. The only important, recurring minor character at the time was the head porter Entresol.

The 28th episode began the first long sequel story, Spirou et l'héritage de Bill Money . The first five pages still take place in the hotel: Spirou meets Bill Money, the heir to a huge fortune, who has to spend a million francs a month to avoid the fortune falling into the hands of his dishonest cousin Jim Rascal. First Money buys the Hotel Moustic, then Spirou suggests a trip around the world together. With this trip, the series changed from a pure gag comic to a humorous adventure series. A little later Spirou gets to do with Rob-Vel's diabolical Sosthène Silly, whose underwater hiding place, protected by giant robots, contains, among other things, a torture chamber whose various torture tools are driven by a squirrel in a running wheel. Spirou frees it, spontaneously baptizes it Pips, and with him has his first important companion.

After Jijé took over the series, Spirou received a visit from Fantasio for the first time in the story Le pilote rouge in 1943 , who, largely unnoticed by Spirou, who was absorbed in reading, had a brief conversation with Pips on the first page and then disappeared again. At the beginning of the next episode, Spirou et l'aventure , Spirou describes his future companion as “vieille branche” (old house) and “vieux frère” (brother's heart) - it is pretended that Fantasio has always been part of the series. In this first adventure, in which the two appear as a team, they become a victim of Professor Cosin's malfunctioning time machine , with which they involuntarily travel into the past. The second part of the story is a journey into the future, but only in Spirou's dream, the third part, also known as Les noires têtes , is about the kidnapping of Pips. In Jijé's La jeep , also known as Fantasio et la voiture tout-terrain , Fantasio speaks for the first time about wanting to do a report for the “Journal”, but until 1950 worked in various other professions.

André Franquin's first important contribution to the series was Uncle Otto's Testament , the first story in which Spirou and Fantasio go on an adventure trip together, in this case in Africa to search for Spirou's uncle's treasure. In 1949/50, Spirou with the Pygmies marked the beginning of a continuity in the series that continues to this day . Here, the same rental apartment appears that Spirou lived in during the first album-long adventures, and at the end of the story it becomes clear that he and Fantasio work for Dupuis (or Carlsen): They are ordered home to do a report that ends up in the next episode in the “ Wild West ” of that time. The profession of journalist or editor was to remain her only one from now on.

In the first album-long story, the heroes go on vacation in the small town of Rummelsdorf, which is haunted by a mysterious "magician" who plays badly with the local flora and fauna . He turns out to be the respected aristocrat and castle resident of the place, the Count von Rummelsdorf, who, to make matters worse, also experimented with an anesthetized Fantasio. At the latest in the last part of the story, when the count tries to repair the damage he has caused, the heroes become friends with the 70-year-old scientist, who is sympathetic despite his strange methods, and later return regularly to Rummelsdorf. In the next adventure or album, Fantasio has to fulfill three tasks set by his deceased uncle in order to take over his inheritance. One of them is to travel to Palumbia and capture a Marsupilami there - in early 1952 the main characters of the series were finally complete.

Figures of the series

main characters


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Spirou is the real main character of the series. Initially briefly employed as a bellhop and rascal, he quickly developed into an adventurer and matured into a typical hero with the appropriate qualities by the 1950s at the latest : He is intelligent, courageous, incorruptible, loyal to his friends, acts dynamically and still helps Careful, in short: he is always on the winning side. His exciting experiences result from his friend Fantasio's profession as a journalist, from a thirst for adventure or from pure coincidence. The adventures of the inseparable trio Spirou, Fantasio and Pips often take place in the aptly named town of Rummelsdorf, in the big city, in other European countries, in Africa, South America, Asia, in the eternal ice, on land, on water and in the air.

Spirou's place of residence is not clearly defined: With Franquin he lived in Brussels (you can recognize it by the city park and the license plates), with his successors apparently in Paris (with Fournier the UNESCO building is only a taxi ride away from Spirou, with Tome & Janry comes the tricolor in front), but in any case there is a seat of the real existing publishing house Dupuis in the city . At first Spirou lived as a sublet with a nasty landlady in the city center, but soon moved with Fantasio into their own neat house outside the city, which the whole city could see for the first time in deep sleep .

Although he had only worked as a bellhop for about seven months in 1938, the idiosyncratic Spirou continued to walk around in full livery until 1967 . In the history of Pacifiers and Cyclo-rays , he first replaced the top with a normal, red jacket. From the mid-1990s, he completely refrained from pointing out his youthful sins for a while. Currently (since Spirou in Tokyo ) the uniform is again present in every band, but more as a running gag and to the express displeasure of the title hero. According to Tome & Janry, Spirou left nothing to be desired in his childhood (see Little Spirou ), but later he became Hagestolz , who behaves rather awkwardly towards femininity. His name is derived from the Walloon word for squirrel, which also means rascal, rascal. First appearance in La naissance de Spirou (Spirou 1/38 of April 21, 1938).

“[Spirou was there initially] just to have adventures. No more. […] [The unusual page clothes] didn't bother me. [...] The costume gave the figure a fantastic flair; his professional importance was secondary. […] Right, that's a pretty anonymous face. At Gillain [di Jijé], I think Spirou was more distinctive, had more character. I portrayed him as 'more balanced' because there was a certain irregularity in the caricature of Jijé ... [...] Throughout my career as a Spirou draftsman, I had a hard time animating Spirou. His personality has always been a problem for me, and I've never realized that a hero like him has no personality. He has no personality because he is there instead of the reader. Therefore it has to be 'empty'. I could never accept that, and all the time I was wondering how I could give Spirou a way of doing in the absence of his way of being ... I never succeeded. He was always that little puppet figure, more or less active, but without personality. […] I've only found one method to show him very mobile, astute and constantly in motion. "

- Franquin : in Numa Sadoul - The great André Franquin book


Fantasio is Spirou's best friend, with whom he forms a well-rehearsed duo that has been welded together through numerous dangerous adventures. He was introduced by Jijé in 1943 as a weird and clumsy dreamer and bon vivant, slightly blasé, with the matching, somewhat snobbish clothes. At first he tried various short-term jobs, e.g. B. as a private investigator, representatives of prefabricated houses or demolition contractor, and indulged exclusive hobbies such as the Jeep -Head or men's riding. Only since 1950 has he been regularly on the road as a mad reporter for Carlsen , supported by Spirou (originally for “Le Moustique” and “ Le Journal de Spirou ” by Dupuis). He got a little more serious over time, but kept his impulsiveness. Since Spirou developed into a very deliberate, deliberately acting character from around 1953, Fantasio's main weakness, his tendency to be angry, now came to the fore much more clearly and embarrassed the heroes time and again. Like the equally uncontrolled Captain Haddock from Tintin , whose influence is unmistakable, Fantasio is also a pipe smoker. At first he lived in his own house with a garden, later he moved in with Spirou.

In his capacity as a journalist, he specialized in photo reports, in which he uses very idiosyncratic methods: for example, he breaks into department stores at night, uses gadgets such as mini cameras disguised as clocks or whistles, or goes photo-hunting in a gorilla costume . In the course of the 1960s, however - much to his chagrin - he degenerated into a desk felon in the Carlsen editorial team. Fantasio's hobbyhorse is technical handicrafts for which he has an extraordinary talent. The one-man flying devices he designed, called Fantaschraubner, are no less than remarkable, but as a designer he often lacked the necessary seriousness, for example when he equipped a Dion Bouton with James Bond refinements in 1912 . In general, cars are one of his special preferences, so that in the 1950s he was proud to be behind the wheel of two extraordinary sports cars, the Turbot and its successor, Turbot 2, of which Spirou was co-owner. In order to escape their progressive bourgeoisisation, the heroes then switched to small cars from the late 1960s, first a Honda S800 Sport, later a Renault 5 .

No other character in the series has gone through such a transformation as Fantasio. The figure that Franquin left to his successors in 1968 had almost nothing in common with the one he had taken over from Jijé in 1946, also in visual terms. Fantasio has only kept his talent to make a mistake, recognizable from the beginning . Much like Obelix at Asterix , Spirou's unequal partner was critical to the series' huge success from the start. First appearance in Le pilote rouge (in the album L'Espiègle au Grand-Coeur , end of September 1943).

“[A cartoon character as a reporter] was in the air back then. It was also a good opportunity to send my characters on trips to different countries. Unfortunately, I knew absolutely nothing about the job of a journalist. […] You probably want to know why Fantasio smokes a pipe? I'm not sure myself. It looks picturesque, and since Maigret it has made a good impression ... It probably raises his reputation for a reporter ... [...] [Franquin's later Fantasio] is completely nervous, drained from his office work. He's lost all sense of humor and quickly becomes irascible. […] I hope that one day he will get back this fantasy that he had with Gillain [di Jijé] , because I destroyed a lot about this character. But it must also be said that the imagination that Gillain Fantasio allowed seemed implausible in the eyes of the readers. I think Fantasio looked crazy, was dressed in crazy clothes and acted like a clown. I didn't want to keep this aspect. "

- Franquin : in Sadoul


Pips (French: Spip ) is a spirous squirrel and constant companion. He comments on the actions of the two titular heroes, mostly playing the role of curmudgeon. Despite his aversion to adventure, he always bails Spirou and Fantasio out of a mess when it comes to nibbling through shackles or tripping elephants.

Pips had his first appearance with Rob-Vel in an episode in which Spirou freed him from the clutches of the insane Sosthène Silly. Already in its debut story, Pips was used as a joker who surprisingly intervenes in the action. On the very first page designed by Jijé (the penultimate page of Le fils du milliardaire , 1940), he proves himself to be a savior for the first time by biting into the buttocks of a gangster who then drops his weapon. On the same page, what is even more important, the reader takes part in Pips' thoughts for the first time. With the complete takeover of the series by Jijé, the capricious character of the squirrel came to the fore from 1943 onwards. However, there were always phases (at Franquin in the mid-1950s, at Tome & Janry in the 1990s) in which pips said little to nothing. So it's no wonder he's occasionally overlooked, a fact that regularly shakes his self-esteem. Other running gags with the character include Pips' fondness for nuts, his habit of carrying Spirou and Fantasio after the headgear lost in the heat of the moment, as well as his often made but never executed plan to leave the heroes for good. First appearance in Spirou contre le robot géant in the episode La chambre des tortures (Spirou 23/39 of June 8, 1939).

This is a character that I've always had a lot of sympathy for. Pips allowed me to think twice, to convey a contrary opinion. And in the event of a hopeless situation, he remained something of a last helper in an emergency. Although I was very fond of pips, he took a back seat with the appearance of Marsupilamis. But I have used his behavior to keep a critical distance from the action. Because Pips is very domestic and extremely skeptical of adventure. [...] ... I think he never had a conversation with any of the heroes of the series. He speaks and thinks for himself. [...] I always had problems finding a role for Pips. He complains often, but that's not enough. It's not that easy to animate a squirrel. Sometimes I almost forgot about him. "

- Franquin : in Sadoul

Count of Rummelsdorf

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Pankratius Hieronymus Ladislaus Adalbert Graf von Rummelsdorf (French: Pacôme Hégésippe Adélard Ladislas, comte de Champignac ) is a brilliant and somewhat eccentric scientist and inventor. Introduced as an opponent, he became the fatherly friend of Spirou and Fantasio, who keep coming to visit him in his castle in the tranquil town of Rummelsdorf. The Count, whose appearance is somewhat reminiscent of the older Einstein , is a luminary in the field of mycology , so that his inventions usually have to do with substances that he extracts from various mushrooms. The Metomol, with which one can soften all metals, is just as much his achievement as the superpowered substance X1 or a car powered by sugar. However, his inventions regularly fall into the wrong hands, which seriously disturbs the quiet in the town.

He demonstrated that the Count's technical skills are also remarkable with the construction of a mini submarine . He also deals with astronomy , where he even managed the trick of making contact with extraterrestrials. In the 1970s he was the proud owner of a luxury classic car from the Düsenberg brand , a one-off, as the expert knows. A frequent exclamation from the over 70-year-old, who is also known to have been married once, is “Sapperlot!” (In the original: “Saber de bois!”), More recently also “Sacked cement!” (“Sac à papier ! "). First appearance in Spirou in 1950 ( Il ya un sorcier à Champignac / Der Zauberer von Rummelsdorf ).

When you make comics or write books, characters emerge that are almost imposing. They are then used again instinctively, because you feel that it has to be that way. [...] Its exterior was created through many sketches. I think I made about fifty of these before I got that far. This is what I always do when I develop a new character ... [...] My wife remembers that while we laughed a lot, we put [his first] names together with the help of a name calendar. […] However, Rummelsdorf Castle actually exists. It is located in Natoye, in the province of Namur. I went there often and was inspired [...] I was there several times with Liliane [di Franquin's wife] and took photos. "

- Franquin : in Sadoul


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The Marsupilami is a yellow-black miracle animal about one meter tall from the jungle of Palumbia, whose unpredictability was both a blessing and a curse for Spirou and Fantasio. On the one hand, it often brought them both into uncomfortable situations, on the other hand, it just as often threw them out of trouble . Spirou and Fantasio had initially snatched the animal from the Palumbian jungle due to an inheritance matter and then donated it to the zoo. Later, when they ruefully wanted to return it to its homeland, it returned to them of its own free will.

The Marsupilami is an egg-laying, presumably suckling marsupial with amphibious properties, which is also able to repeat short sentences. In addition, it has an extraordinary sense of direction, which it z. B. made it possible to track down his friends in distant Bretzelburg . Its tail, around eight meters long, serves as a means of grasping, locomotion, communication and, above all, a means of defense. It feeds on fruits, fleas, ants and piranhas , among other things . The name "Marsupilami" is a combination of the words " Marsupialia " (zool. Term for marsupials), "Pilou-Pilou" (French name of the cartoon character Jeep by Elzie Segar ) and "ami" (French: friend).

With the transfer of Spirou and Fantasio to Fournier, the animal disappeared from the series, as Franquin claimed the rights for himself. To make it easier for his successor to get started, Franquin contributed his character to the album Die Goldmacher for the last time as a guest artist. The sudden disappearance of the "family member" Marsupilami was not explained at the time, which irritated many readers. The purchase of Marsu Productions (the publisher who published the solo adventures of Marsupilamis) by Dupuis in March 2013 finally enabled the return of the animal to its original series, which took place after 46 years in the adventure The Wrath of Marsupilamis : Zantafio (see below) had once wanted to sell the Marsupilami for a fortune and for this purpose the memory of its existence was erased from the memories of Spirou, Fantasio, Pips and the Count with a cyclo-ray. However, the animal had escaped and from then on lived again in the Palumbian jungle. First appearance in Spirou in 1952 ( Spirou et les héritiers / An exciting legacy ).

'Ami' was supposed to reflect the likeable side of Marsupilamis, 'Pilou-Pilou' was intended as an homage to Segar's delicious figure, whom I got to know as a child. [...] I wanted to assign my animal to the genus marsupial, but made a small mistake. I named its habitat as South America, although, as everyone knows, the marsupials live in Australia… […] [The figure] is good, but at the same time it is very limited. Since the Marsupilami is mute, what it does is only a complement to the actions of the heroes. In addition, its properties are not exactly diverse. The Marsupilami can deal powerful blows with its tail, it can also perform various acts of strength with it, but one cannot expect a profound philosophy from it ... "

- Franquin : in Sadoul

The most important minor characters


Zantafio is Fantasio's failed cousin. He started out as an ordinary liar and cheat, but he aspired to higher things. He was seen alternately as a dictator over Palumbia, who unleashed a war under the alias "General Zantas" out of greed for money, as the right hand of Cyclotrope (see below), who secretly pursues their own criminal plans, as the head of the Triangle , a mysterious criminal organization, as well as the head of the Russian mafia with the aim of becoming the new tsar . Zantafio is completely unscrupulous and if necessary goes over dead bodies for his goals, but his shameful machinations have always been thwarted by Spirou and Fantasio. First appearance in Spirou in 1951 ( Spirou et les héritiers / An exciting legacy ).

Cousin Zantafio is just as malicious as Fantasio is good. I came up with the pun on the name and gave it the same look. Only he's dark-haired and the other blonde. [...] I wanted to design Zantafio in a similar way, but with a strong contrast. I had no choice but to give him this lush hair in a different color. But there is an interesting fact about Zantafio. His looks are reminiscent of young Greg. Although I didn't know Greg at the time. "

- Franquin : in Sadoul


Steffani (French: Seccotine ) is a fellow reporter and competitor of Fantasio and was the first important female character in the series. In her profession she is generally always one step ahead of the frustrated Fantasio, although she occasionally acts a bit unfairly. No wonder Fantasio tends to get sarcastic or even misogynous around her . Ultimately, however, they respect each other and pull together in an emergency. The journalist poses a danger to traffic on her scooter. Her masterpiece is the documentary “Family Life in Palumbia” about wild Marsupilamis. According to her own statement, her real first name is Sophie. First appearance in Spirou in 1953 ( La corne du rhinocéros / Aktion Nashorn ).

I think they are more intelligent than unbearable. You identified yourself too much with the heroes, so she annoys you! […] [In “Das Nest im Urwald”] Steffani demonstrates her driving skills on a scooter. Of course this was interpreted as chauvinism! […] … I think I portrayed Ibn-Mah-Zaud in the Turbot much worse. But nobody said anything! "

- Franquin : in Sadoul


Cyclotrope (French: Zorglub ) was a megalomaniac scientist who wanted to usurp world domination. By means of the cyclo-beam he developed , the former college colleague of Count von Rummelsdorf was able to turn people into unwilling work slaves. His armies of cyclone men communicated in the Cyclo language: words spoken backwards that retain their place in the sentence structure. Cyclotrops own name is pronounced “Bulgroz” in the original version in this way ( bulle Großes French for “large soap bubble”), a gag that is lost in the German version. After Spirou, Fantasio and Count von Rummelsdorf had stopped him and talked into his conscience, it turned out that cyclotrope suffered from an inferiority complex due to a lack of love and recognition, which he tried to compensate with his misdeeds. The mad scientist eventually went from enemy to friend, and that did not change for half a century. Cyclotrope has only recently fallen back into its old behavior and is currently planning the colonization and domination of the entire universe. First appearance in Spirou in 1959 ( Z comme Zorglub / Der Plan des Zyklotrop ).

First and foremost, cyclotrope is a fool. He always makes a capital mistake in all of his companies. [...] And every time something goes wrong, he gets even angrier and seeks revenge again. He is ambitious in a childlike way. […] [In principle, he's not bad], but he doesn't even notice if he provokes inconvenience. He has a tendency towards domination, is a dictator in spirit. "

- Franquin : in Sadoul

Itoh kata

Itoh Kata is a Japanese mycologist and magician, a friend of the Count von Rummelsdorf. Under his bowler hat he hides whole flocks of white rabbits and pigeons. He stood by Spirou and Fantasio on various adventures, where his extraordinary abilities proved to be helpful - handcuffs and shackles are an easy problem for him to solve. The enigmatic Japanese is a creation by Fournier and has recently been revived. First appearance in Spirou in 1970 ( Le champignon nippon / The Japanese mushroom ; the six-page story forms the introduction to the adventure Du glucose pour Noémie / Sugar in the tank ).


Ororea replaced Steffani in the adventures drawn by Fournier, as the draftsman couldn't stand the latter. She is the daughter of a Polynesian chief but studied in Europe. She convinces as a journalist and tough competitor of Fantasio, who is not able to withstand her feminine charms quite as well as those of Steffani. First appearance in 1972 in Spirou ( Tora Torapa ).

Don Vito Cortizone

Don Vito Cortizone is a mafia boss in New York, a former pizza maker whose real empire is hidden behind the company "Lucky Pizza". His sinister plans were thwarted several times by Spirou and Fantasio. Last but not least, it was helpful that Cortizone, as its nickname "the unlucky one" discreetly suggests, is stricken with an almost unlikely unlucky situation. Cortizone is a creation by Tome & Janry and is modeled on Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in the film The Godfather . First appearance in 1987 in Spirou ( Spirou à New York / Adventure in New York )

The Rummelsdorfer

The sometimes more, sometimes less idyllic town of Rummelsdorf (originally Champignac or Champignac-en-Cambrousse ) is the setting for many Spirou adventures. With their numerous, mostly shorter appearances, its residents contribute to the diversity of the series as well as to the recognition value of the series. As with Spirous Metropole, it is not clear whether Rummelsdorf is in Belgium or France. Neighboring communities have names such as Langenbach, Schwarzbach or St. Augustin.

The mayor of Rummelsdorf (French Gustave Labarbe, le maire de Champignac ) is the caricature of a provincial politician. He swings high-sounding, but meaningless speeches full of empty phrases that his councilor can only endure asleep. He eyed the Count suspiciously, whose scientific research and experiments he perceived as pure anarchy and danger to the public. The vain mustache and bowler hat has countless statues depicting himself erected in his town, all of which, however, are destroyed or ridiculed by unfortunate coincidences of fate. First appearance in Spirou in 1950 ( Il ya un sorcier à Champignac / Der Zauberer von Rummelsdorf ).

Quill pen (French: Duplumier ) is loyal to his mayor as an official of the municipality of Rummelsdorf. He, too, is a caricature of his profession, but drawn far more lovingly than the mayor. Quill pen mishaps with various mobile pedestals are another running gag of the episodes set in Rummelsdorf. First appearance in Spirou in 1950 ( Il ya un sorcier à Champignac / Der Zauberer von Rummelsdorf ).

Salberich (French: Dupilon ) is the former pharmacist from Rummelsdorf, who can only be found in a drunk state. His sometimes important information, which he gives out when he is drunk, is mostly ignored as drunkenness. First appearance in Spirou in 1957 ( Le voyageur du Mésozoïque / An ice-cold guest thaws ).

Little Nicki (French: Le petit Noël ) is an independent Franquin character who appeared in Spirou and Fantasio . The lovable little boy from the Rummelsdorf poor district is an outsider who is laughed at by his peers. In 1959 his solo adventure "Nicki and Elaoin" appeared with guest appearances by some Rummelsdorfers, later Nicki was the partner of Marsupilami in his solo gags. In 1986 he appeared again under the name Ferdinand in the album "Ferdinand and Flippo" by Stibane / Serdu. First appearance in Spirou in 1957 (two-page La bûche de Noël / A Christmas story ).

Other well-known people from Rummelsdorf are the farmer Gustav, sergeant Wastl, photographer Knipser, postman Isidor, a stationery dealer, another pharmacist, a gas station attendant, a beret wearer suffering from insomnia (Willi Penner or Herr Hein), a hunting warden and the dinosaur from Rummelsdorf.


Entresol is the head porter of the Hotel Moustic and as such was the young Spirou's first companion. The weighty, rough superior from Rob-Vel's pen made his debut in the second Spirou gag of April 28, 1938 and suffered from the page's pranks until the end of the year. Seventy years later he experienced his comeback in two one-shots that were set at the time: In Portrait of a Hero as a Young Goal and the accompanying short story The Law of the Stronger , in contrast to Rob Vel's original, he appears exclusively as a brutal despot Apparition, in Operation Fledermaus he is seen several times as a silent extra.

Professor Samowar (French: Professeur Samovar ) is a mad scientist who first appeared in Spirou and the robot and Spirou what against Franquin robots . His creations include the human robot radar , a driverless jeep that is remote-controlled from a home screen and used to terrorize the population, and a machine with which he wanted to set the atmosphere on fire after Spirou had thwarted his plans for world domination. Samovar ended up in the madhouse , where he can also be seen in a later cameo in Jijé's Like a Fly on the ceiling . In the earlier one-shot Operation Fledermaus , he successfully reduced the Nazi bombers for a while with his trained bats, which were equipped with explosives . The figure is sometimes viewed as a precursor to cyclotrope.

Patzer (French: Poildur ) is a violent teenage Brussels rascal who shows off with a tame rat on his shoulder. In Spirou in the ring he fought a boxing duel with Spirou, who naturally emerged victorious and then brought out the human side behind the rough facade of his opponent. With its proto-punk attitude, Franquin's figure looks surprisingly modern today and seems to have made an impression on the scenarioist Yann. In The Origins of Z Patzer mention was made and in operation bat he made his second appearance, he will torture victims of the German occupation and then chases the responsible for this informer into the air.

Maurice (French: P'tit Maurice ) is a member of the Spirou fan club ADS (Amis de Spirou) and pays homage to his idol in Spirou in the ring and portrait of a hero as a young fool. In his cameo in Operation Fledermaus, however, he only has one well-aimed rotten tomato left for the supposed collaborator Spirou. The bespectacled model boy depicts Franquin's friend Morris as a child.

Martin and Rennhart (French: Martin et Roulebille ) are racing and test drivers for the Turbot automobile works, who taught Fantasio and Zantafio to drive. They were later acted on by gangsters interested in the plans for the Turbot. Spirou and Fantasio intervened and received a copy of the revolutionary car from the company as a thank you for their efforts. Rennhart later appeared again solo and presented the heroes with the Turbot 2 (see An Exciting Legacy , Action Rhinoceros , Holiday Trip with Obstacles , Surprise, Papa! And To the Origins of the Z ).

Zabaglione is a brutal and not very squeamish ringmaster who had the Marsupilami kidnapped. He runs the "Zabaglione" circus, which is said to have the biggest program and the best acts in the world. The first demonstration of a Marsupilamis in front of a paying audience, however, turned out to be a demonstration by the circus director through the animal, which could then be freed by Spirou and Fantasio. The Zabaglione circus also plays a role in the Quick Super story , while the director himself later reappeared in the Marsupilamis' solo series (appearances: The Abduction of Marsupilamis , Surprise, Papa ! , "Marsupilami" volumes 3, 15 and 16).

Black and Noir (French: Black et Schwarz ) are two scientists with whose help the Count von Rummelsdorf developed a "Metomol bomb" to end Zantafio's dictatorship in Palumbia. Later the duo helped the count hatch and examine a dinosaur (appearances: mushrooms for the dictator , an ice-cold guest thaws ).

John Helena, known as "The Moray Eel" is a captain, diver, smuggler, escapee and Arctic explorer. Together with his adjutant Marco, he converted the wreckage of the ship "Diskret", which he had deliberately sunk as captain, into an underwater storage facility for drug smuggling. After a stay in prison with a subsequent breakout, he tried in vain to acquire the gold of his shipowner, which was also hidden in the wreckage. After all, he warned, himself infected, of a new, artificially created devil virus in an arctic research station and has been working there as a tour guide since he was cured (see The Moray Eel's Hiding Place , Deep Intoxication , Surprise, Papa! And The Mysterious Virus ).

The biologist (French le Biologiste ) is a research colleague of the count. The scientist with the distinctive bushy beard supported his friend in investigating a dinosaur , was there to help when the count became “the prey of madness” after accidentally ingesting filtered substances, and, with the help of Spirou and Fantasio, saved a monkey from military animal experiments (see An iced guest thaws , fear at the other end , a voice fails , a village looks black , the stone giants and the swamps of time ). He has a gifted nephew named Jörn-Justus (French: Jean-Eudes).

Sprtschk was a nuclear physicist who was also part of the dinosaur research team from An Ice Cold Guest Thaws On , but was always absorbed in his physical formulas during the turbulent events. Just at the moment when he had just found the formula for a super hydrogen bomb behind a bush, he was accidentally eaten by the dinosaur. In the one-shot panic in the Atlantic , the plot of which is previously set, the count tests a revolutionary security system for ships developed by Sprtschk.

Gaston (French Gaston Lagaffe ) is a little adaptable office delivery boy at Carlsen-Verlag. In the Gaston series , Fantasio was his ailing superior for a long time. Conversely, the sympathetic chaot has a few guest appearances in Spirou and Fantasio , especially in the story The Bravo Brothers , which is reminiscent of the gags of his own series for a long time. First appearance in An ice-cold guest thaws . Gaston has been back in the series since 2014, as the Dupuis publishing house received the rights to the figure.

Ibn-Mah-Zaud (French: Ibn-Mah-Zoud ) is a color-blind sheikh who mistook Spirou and Fantasio's blue Turbot for his own red one on holiday with obstacles and drove it to junk in high speed. As compensation, he donated the heroes the Turbo II. The figure was striking enough to be honored by several Franquin's successors with cameos (appearances: vacation trip with obstacles , surprise, papa ! , To the origins of the Z , panic in the Atlantic ).

Herr von Ups (French: Monsieur d'Oups ) is a gentleman from the Riviera and the founder of the underwater city Korallion. Since he hates noise, especially loud music, he wanted to keep his refuge a secret from the rest of the world. By the appearance of John Helena and Spirous he saw the peace of Korallion endangered and had all of the Count's submarines destroyed by his men and Helena arrested. This character from the adventure Tiefenrausch was drawn by Jean Roba .

Noe , later also Noah or Adam (French Noe ), is a brilliant but unemployed animal trainer who prefers the company of animals to that of people. His masterpiece is the chimpanzee trio "The Bravo Brothers" trained by him, which Gaston gave the less than enthusiastic Fantasio for his birthday. Twenty years later, the shy eccentric Noe reappeared as the most important supporting character in the Marsupilami series. There he lived in a clown costume as a hermit on a houseboat in the Palumbian jungle (appearances: The Bravo Brothers , Surprise, Papa!, Several volumes of the Marsu series from No. 3).

Aurelius von Rummelsdorf (French: Aurélien de Champignac ) is the great-nephew of Pankratius von Rummelsdorf and differs optically from him only by the differently shaped mustache. Since a wall clock fell on his head as a child, he has explored time and went down in history as a pioneer of time travel with the participation of Spirou and Fantasio in 2061. Aurelius is an own creation by Tome and Janry and appears in the volumes Die Ruck-Zuck-Zeitmaschine and The Return of Z on. He is accompanied by Timotheus, the sniffer pig (French: Timothée, le Snouffelaire ), a short-term substitute for Marsupilami that the authors did not take seriously.

Miss Flanner is an old friend of the Count von Rummelsdorf who flooded all of Paris. The motives of the terminally ill megalomaniac introduced by Morvan & Munuera remained in the dark and were not examined in more detail during the second appearance in To the origins of Z either. First appearance in flood over Paris .

Publication history in German-speaking countries

Antiquarian available

The first German translation of Spirou et Fantasio was published from December 1958 to January 1961 as the eponymous story in the booklet series The cheerful Fridolin published by Semrau Verlag in Hamburg. There they broke new ground with the exclusive concentration on Franco-Belgian series, for which the time was not yet ripe: "Fridolin and Ferdinand" (as the characters were then called) initially only had a short career of just over two years.

The first successful market launch was from 1964 onwards from Kauka-Verlag , in whose various publications ( Lupo modern , Fix and Foxi , FF Super, FF Extra, FF Spass, FF Sonderheft) the series entitled "Pit and Pikkolo" was a permanent guest until 1977 . Fantasio was Pit, Spirou was Pikkolo, and the Marsupilami was called Kokomiko.

In 1979, issues 24 to 27 of the secondary comic magazine Comixene included the Spirou episode “Holiday trip with obstacles” under the title “Rotarin und Fantasio”. After that, further Franquin stories, previously unpublished in Germany, were printed.

Since 1981 Carlsen Verlag has been issuing the series under the title Spirou and Fantasio in constantly new designs as comic albums (red book spine, publisher numbers from 01201).

From 1982 to 1984 the publisher published a kiosk album edition entitled Spirou under the imprint "Semic" , the cover backgrounds of which were uniformly blue (12 albums).

1985 to 1987 published by Reiner-Feest-Verlag under the title Die Abenteuer von Spirou landscape format paperbacks with Franquin and Jijé episodes from the 1940s and early 1950s (16 volumes).

From 1987 to 1988 Carlsen Verlag published the same material in four volumes of the Carlsen Classics series (light blue spine, publisher numbers 02625 to 02628).

From 1990 to 1991 three of the Franquin albums were also released in remounted form as paperbacks in the Carlsen Pocket series .

In 1997 three of the "Tome & Janry" albums were also published as volumes 1 to 3 of the Carlsen Super Comics kiosk series .

The side series Spirou and Fantasio Sonderband (red spine) existed as a curiosity, consisting of a Marsupilami album with Franquin material and the first five albums of the series Der kleine Spirou , which was given a separate series from 1996.

Currently available

The current new edition of the album by Carlsen Verlag, which was started in 2003, appears in a new spelling, with editorial contributions, partly new cover pictures and on different paper; In some cases, the stories in the albums have also been rearranged (blue spine, publisher numbers from 77200).

In 2005 the publisher added the sub-series Spirou and Fantasio Spezial , in which collections of short stories and the current "One Shots" (one-off album-length contributions by various artists and authors outside the regular series) are published. The special volumes have now also replaced the “Carlsen Classics” volumes, some in an expanded form, and from 2011 to 2014 also brought Rob-Vel's original Spirou.

Complete edition

Since 2006, Spirou et Fantasio - L'intégrale has been published by Dupuis in France , each of which represents a common theme, region or similar in a volume. Carlsen Verlag has been publishing a complete edition identical to this edition since 2014. The stories by André Franquin are reproduced in eight volumes in chronological order. Volume 9 marks the handover of the series to Jean-Claude Fournier, from whom the following three volumes come. Volume 12 is dedicated to Nic & Cauvin and the next four to Tome & Janry.

Comic books

The specified years refer to the original French version from Belgium.

André Franquin

  • 0. At the other end, fear La peur au bout du fil (2003) (in addition to 15 pages by Franquin, there are also 15 pages by Tome & Janry and 6 pages by Fournier)
  • 1. The magician of Rummelsdorf Il ya un sorcier à Champignac (1951)
  • 2. An exciting legacy Spirou et les héritiers (1952)
  • 3. The kidnapping of Marsupilami Les voleurs du Marsupilami (1952)
  • 4. Action rhino La corne de rhinocéros (1953)
  • 5. Mushrooms for the dictator Le dictateur et le champignon (1953)
  • 6. The double Fantasio La mauvaise tête (1954) (the album also contains the two-sided guardian angel of the robins )
  • 7. The hiding place of the moray eel Le repaire de la murène (1955)
  • 8. Deep sleep for the whole city Les pirates du silence (1956) (The album also contains the story Quick Super )
  • 9. Gold mines and gorillas Le gorille a bonne mine (1956) (The album also contains the story of a holiday trip with obstacles )
  • 10. The nest in the jungle Le nid des Marsupilamis (1957) (The album edition from 1985 also contains the story Auf dem Rummelplatz it's round - not included in the 2003 edition)
  • 11. An ice-cold guest thaws on Le voyageur du Mézozoique (1957) (The album edition from 1986 also contains the story Des Wahnsinns fette Beute - The album edition from 2003 contains the story On the fairground goes round )
  • 12. Trapped in the Valley of the Buddhas Le prisonnier du Bouddha (1959)
  • 13. The plan of the cyclotrope Z comme Zorglub (1960)
  • 14. Under the spell of Z L'ombre du Z (1960)
  • 15. Tiefenrausch Spirou et les hommes-bulles (1961) (The album edition from 1987 also contains the story The Liliput-Trick )
  • 16. QRN calls Bretzelburg QRN sur Bretzelburg (1963 / album 1966)
  • 17. Pacifiers and cyclo-rays breading à Champignac (1968) (The 1987 album edition also contains the story The Bravo Brothers )
  • 18. The gold makers Le faiseur d'or (1970, only the Marsupilami was drawn by Franquin)
  • 22. In the realm of the red elephants Tembo Tabou (1974, drawn by Franquin but published later)
  • Carlsen Classics 1: Spirou with the Pygmies and other adventures Quatre aventure de Spirou ... et Fantasio (1950, in the French album series Volume 1, re-released in Germany as Special Volume 3)
  • Carlsen Classics 2: Spirou in the Wild West and other adventures Les chapeaux noirs (1952, in the French album series Volume 3, also contains 25 pages or two stories by Jijé, republished in Germany as special volume 5)
  • Carlsen Classics 3: Uncle Otto's Testament L'Héritage (1976, republished in Germany as special volume 7 with 3 additional stories)
  • Carlsen Classics 4: Spirou and the robot Radar le robot (1976, the first 4 pages were drawn by Jijé, republished in Germany as special volume 10)
  • Special volume: Robinson on rails Les robinsons du rail (1981, republished in Germany as special volume 12)
  • Special issue : The Hunt for Marsupilami Capturez un Marsupilami (1988, republished in Germany as No. 0 in the current, third series "Marsupilami")

Jean-Claude Fournier

  • 18. The gold makers Le faiseur d'or (1970)
  • 19. Sugar in the tank You glucose pour Noémie (1971)
  • 20. Magic in the Abbey L'Abbaye truquée (1972)
  • 21. Torah Torapa Tora Torapa (1973)
  • 23. Lazy magic in Africa Le Gri-Gri du Niokolo-Koba (1974)
  • 24. Cider for Xorien Du cider pour les étoiles (1975)
  • 25. Everything As Bewitched L'Ankou (1977)
  • 26. Kodo the tyrant Kodo le tyran (1979)
  • 27.Nothing but beans des haricots partout (1980)

Nic & Cauvin

  • 28. The Ice Age Machine La ceinture du grand froid (1983)
  • 29. Pandora's box La boîte noire (1983)
  • 30. The noise eater Les faiseurs de silence (1984)

Tome & Janry

  • 31. The Mysterious Virus Virus (1984)
  • 32. Adventure in Australia Aventure en Australie (1985)
  • 33. Marilyn is unstoppable Qui arrêtera Cyanure? (1985)
  • 34. The quick time machine L'Horloger de la comète (1986)
  • 35. The return of Z Le réveil du Z (1986)
  • 36.Sins of youth La jeunesse de Spirou (1987)
  • 37. Adventure in New York Spirou et Fantasio à New York (1987)
  • 38. The fear in the neck La frousse aux trousses (1988)
  • 39. The valley of the exiles La vallée des bannis (1989)
  • 40th Adventure in Moscow Spirou à Moscou (1990)
  • 41. Vito, the unlucky person Vito la déveine (1991)
  • 42. A village sees black Le rayon noir (1993)
  • 43. Mafia, girls and money Luna fatale (1995)
  • 44. The Hunt for Spirou Machine qui reve (1998)

Jean David Morvan & Jose Luis Munuera

  • 45th flood over Paris Paris-sous-Seine (2005)
  • 46. The man who did not want to die L'homme qui ne voulait pas mourir (2006)
  • 47. Spirou in Tokyo Spirou et Fantasio à Tokyo (2006)
  • 48. On the origins of the Z Aux sources du Z (with Yann, 2008)

Fabien Vehlmann & Yoann

  • 49th attack of the Zyklozonks Alerte aux Zorkons (2010)
  • 50. The dark side of Z La face cachée du Z (2011)
  • 51. In the clutches of the vipers Dans les griffes de la vipère (2013)
  • 52nd The Page of Sniper Alley Le Groom de Sniper Alley (2014)
  • 53. The Wrath of Marsupilamis La colère du Marsupilami (2016)

Special volumes

  • 1. Fantasio and the Phantom Fantasio et le fantôme (2002) Rob-Vel / Jijé / Franquin / Fournier / Broca / Chaland
  • 2. The stone giants Les géants pétrifiés (2006, "One Shot" Collection Volume 1) Fabien Vehlmann and Yoann
  • 3. Spirou among the pygmies Quatre aventure de Spirou ... et Fantasio (1950) Franquin
  • 4. The swamps of time Les marais du temps (2007, "One Shot" Collection Volume 2) Frank LeGall
  • 5. Spirou in the Wild West Les chapeaux noirs (1952) Jijé / Franquin
  • 6. The crypt of those from Rummelsdorf Le tombeau des Champignac (2007, "One Shot" Collection Volume 3) Fabrice Tarrin and Yann
  • 7. Uncle Otto's will L'Héritage (1976) Jijè / Franquin
  • 8. Portrait of a hero as a young fool Le journal d'un ingénu (2008, "One Shot" Collection Volume 4) Émile Bravo
  • 9. Operation Fledermaus Le groom vert-de-gris (2009, "One Shot" Collection Volume 5) Olivier Schwartz and Yann
  • 10. Spirou and the robot Radar le robot (1976) Jijè / Franquin
  • 11. Panik im Atlantik Panique en Atlantique (2010, "One Shot" Collection Volume 6) Lewis Trondheim and Fabrice Parme
  • 12. Robinson on rails Les robinsons du rail (1981) Franquin, Jidédem and Delporte
  • 13. Spirou on a world tour in the original contained in Spirou par Rob-Vel (2013) Rob-Vel
  • 14. The original mysterious island contained in Spirou par Rob-Vel (2013) Rob-Vel
  • 15. Spirou in America in the original contained in Spirou par Rob-Vel (2013) Rob-Vel / Jijé
  • 16. The original wonder horse contained in Spirou par Rob-Vel (2013) Rob-Vel
  • 17. King Rakiki originally contained in Spirou par Rob-Vel (2013) Rob-Vel
  • 18. Emergency landing on Zigomus in the original contained in Spirou par Rob-Vel (2013) Rob-Vel
  • 19. The leopard woman La femme léopard (2014, "One Shot" Collection Volume 7) Olivier Schwartz and Yann
  • 20. A big head La Grosse tête (2015, "One Shot" Collection Volume 8) Makyo , Toldac and Téhem
  • 21. Fantasio marries Fantasio se marie (2016, "One Shot" Collection Volume 9) Feroumont and Coopman
  • 22. The master of the black hosts Le maître des hosties noires (2017, "One Shot" Collection Volume 10) Olivier Schwartz and Yann
  • 23. The light of Borneo La lumière de Bornéo (2017, "One Shot" Collection Volume 11) Frank Pé and Zidrou
  • 24. The greatest adventures of Spirou Les folles aventures de Spirou (2017) Fabien Vehlmann and Yoann
  • 25. His name was Ptirou Il s'appelait Ptirou (2017) Yves Sente and Laurent Verron
  • 26. Spirou or: Hope part 1 Spirou ou l'espoir malgré tout: Un mauvais départ (2018) Émile Bravo
  • 27. Stiftung Z Fondation Z (2019) Denis-Pierre Filippi and Lebeault
  • 31. Spirou in Berlin (2018) Flix
  • 28. Spirou or: Hope Part 2 Spirou ou l'espoir malgré tout: Un peu plus loin vers l'horreur (2019) Émile Bravo
  • 29. Superpage: Avengers against Will Supergroom (2020) Fabien Vehlmann and Yoann

Spirou presents

  • 1. Cyclotrope I: The daughter of Z Zorglub 1: La fille du Z (2018) Jose Luis Munuera
  • 2. Cyclotrope II: The apprentice of evil Zorglub 2: L'apprenti méchant (2019) Jose Luis Munuera
  • 3. Cyclotrope III: Lady Z Zorglub 3: Lady Z (2020) Jose Luis Munuera
  • 4. Rummelsdorf I: Enigma Champignac: Enigma (2020) BeKa and David Etien

“Spirou and Fantasio” checklist

The specified original titles are the final (album) titles of the stories in use today in France / Belgium. The year data, however, refer to the first publications in the Journal de Spirou and other publications, where the stories were sometimes titled differently than listed here. From Fantasio and the Phantom , the page numbers refer to the often remounted, supplemented or shortened album versions, if available. Franquin's comics with Marsupilami and little Nicki, which belong to the “Rummelsdorf Universe”, are also taken into account.

1930s and 1940s

  • 1938 Spirou groom au Moustic-hôtel (Rob-Vel, 27 pages) The birth of Spirou (special album 1: Fantasio and the Phantom, only 1 page; special album 13: Spirou on a world tour)
  • 1938/39 Spirou et l'héritage (de Bill Money) (Rob-Vel, 21 pages) (Special album 13: Spirou on a world tour)
  • 1939 Spirou contre le robot géant (Rob-Vel / Davine, 39 pages) (Special album 13: Spirou on a trip around the world, 2 pages, special album 14: The mysterious island, 37 pages)
  • 1939/40 Spirou sur l'île déserte (Rob-Vel, 3 pages) (Special album 14: The mysterious island)
  • 1940 Spirou et le fils du milliardaire (Rob-Vel / Davine / Jijé, 29 pages) (Special album 14: The mysterious island, 4 pages, Special album 15: Spirou in America, 25 pages)
  • 1940 Spirou vedette de cinéma (Jijé, 4 pages) (Special album 15: Spirou in America, 4 pages)
  • 1940/41 Spirou chez les esquimaux (Jijé, 12 pages) (Special album 15: Spirou in America, 15 pages)
  • 1941 Spirou et le cheval ventriloque (Rob-Vel, 33 pages) (Special album 16: Das Wunderpferd, 33 pages)
  • 1941/42 Spirou le grand chasseur (Rob-Vel, 32 pages) (special album 16: Das Wunderpferd, 10 pages, special album 17: König Rakiki, 22 pages)
  • 1942 Spirou et le singe bleu (Rob-Vel, 11 pages) (Special album 17: König Rakiki, 11 pages)
  • 1942/43 Spirou et "la puce" (Rob-Vel, 28 or 16 pages in the album) Spirou and Floh (special album 1: Fantasio and the Phantom, special album 17: King Rakiki, 15 pages, special album 18: Emergency landing on Zigomus, 10 pages)
  • 1943 Spirou dans la stratosphère (Rob-Vel, 20 pages) (Special Album 18: Emergency landing on Zigomus)
  • 1943 Spirou et l'homme invisible (Rob-Vel, 10 pages) (Special album 18: Emergency landing on Zigomus)
  • 1943 Le meeting aérien (Jijé, 19 pages)
  • 1944 Autour du monde avec le pilote rouge (Jijé, 6 pages)
  • 1944/45 Le voyage dans le temps (Jijé, approx. 27 pages)
  • 1945 L'enlèvement de Spip (Jijé, 21 pages)
  • 1945/46 La jeep de Fantasio (Jijé, 16 pages)
  • 1946 Fantasio et le fantôme (Jijé, 10 pages) Fantasio and the Phantom (special album 1: Fantasio and the Phantom)
  • 1946 Le tank (Franquin, 13 pages) Der Panzer (Album: Uncle Otto's Testament)
  • 1946 La maison préfabriquée (Jijé / Franquin, 16 pages) Spirou and the prefabricated houses (Classics album 4: Spirou and the robot)
  • 1946 Le pharmacien débrouillard (Franquin, 1 page) oT (The great André Franquin book), The smart pharmacist (special album 7: Uncle Otto's testament)
  • 1946 La vieille dame (Franquin, 4 pages) The old lady (special album 7: Uncle Otto's testament)
  • 1946 La visite de Saint Nicolas (Franquin, 5 pages) Visit of Saint Nicholas (special album 7: Uncle Otto's testament)
  • 1946/47 L'héritage (Franquin, 32 pages) Onkel Otto's Testament (Classics Album 3: Onkel Otto's Testament)
  • 1947 Spirou à la plage (Franquin, 4 pages) oT (The great André Franquin book, only 1 page)
  • 1947/48 Radar le robot (Franquin, 21 pages) Spirou and the robot (Classics album 4: Spirou and the robot)
  • 1948 Spirou et les plans du robot (Franquin, 15 pages) Spirou has something against robots (Classics album 1: Spirou among the pygmies and other adventures)
  • 1948/49 Spirou sur le ring (Franquin, 21 pages) Spirou in the ring (Classics album 1: Spirou among the pygmies and other adventures)
  • 1949 Spirou fait du cheval (Franquin, 7 pages) Spirou as a gentleman rider (Classics album 1: Spirou among the pygmies and other adventures)
  • 1949 Comme une mouche au plafond (Jijé, 12 pages) Like a fly on the ceiling (Classics album 2: Spirou in the Wild West and other adventures)
  • 1949/50 Spirou chez les pygmées (Franquin, 22 pages) Spirou among the pygmies (Classics album 1: Spirou among the pygmies and other adventures)
  • 1949 Noël dans la brousse (Franquin, 2 pages) Christmas in the jungle (special album 1: Fantasio and the Phantom)

1950s and 1960s

  • 1950 Les chapeaux noirs (Franquin, 16 pages) Spirou in the Wild West (Classics album 2: Spirou in the Wild West and other adventures)
  • 1950 Mystère à la frontière (Franquin, 16 pages) Smuggling (Classics album 2: Spirou in the Wild West and other adventures)
  • 1950/51 Il ya un sorcier à Champignac (Franquin / Henri Gillain, 57 pages) Der Zauberer von Rummelsdorf (Album 1)
  • 1951 Spirou et les hommes-grenouilles (Jijé, 13 pages) Spirou and the frogmen (Classics album 2: Spirou in the Wild West and other adventures)
  • 1951/52 Spirou et les héritiers (Franquin, 59 pages) An exciting inheritance (Album 2)
  • 1952 oT (Franquin, 1 page) Development history of the car (album 4 new edition as well as The great André Franquin book)
  • 1952 Les voleurs du Marsupilami (Franquin / Jean-Marc Salmon, 58 pages) The Abduction of Marsupilamis (Album 3)
  • 1952/53 La corne de rhinocéros (Franquin, 60 pages) Action Rhino (album 4)
  • 1953 Brabantia (Franquin, 1 page, dice game) Brabantia (album 6 new edition)
  • 1953 oT (Franquin, 1 page) Der Abenteuermuffel (Album 6 new edition)
  • 1953/54 Le dictateur et le champignon (Franquin / Rosy, 60 pages) Champignons for the dictator (Album 5) (Carlsen Pocket 30)
  • 1954 Les soucoupes volantes (4 Franquin pictures by Spirou, the Marsupilami and the Count von Rummelsdorf in a Jijé story) Blondin and Cirage - The flying saucer (album 10 new edition and The great André Franquin book, only 1 page)
  • 1954 La mauvaise tête (Franquin, 53 pages) The double Fantasio (Album 6)
  • 1954/55 Le repaire de la murène (Franquin, 60 pages) The hiding place of the moray eel (album 7)
  • 1955 La Quick Super (Franquin, 16 pages) Quick Super (Album 8)
  • 1955 Spirou au Radio Circus Marcel Fort (Franquin, 3 pages) Spirou on Radio Circus Marcel Fort (Zack Dossier 2)
  • 1955 (announcement by Risque-Tout) (Franquin, 1 page with Fantasio)
  • 1955 Le Marsupilami descend sur la ville (Franquin / Peyo, 4 pages) The Marsupilami goes on an excursion (album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1955 Home, sweet home (Franquin, 1/2 page) Home, sweet home (album 8 new edition)
  • ca. 1955 (Marsupilami and Noël) (Franquin, 1 page) Untitled (The large André Franquin Book)
  • 1955/56 Les pirates du silence (Franquin / Rosy / Will, 44 pages) Deep sleep for the whole city (Semic album 1) (Album 8)
  • 1956 oT (Franquin, 1 page) In conversation with the Count of Rummelsdorf (Album 7 new edition)
  • 1956 Touchez pas aux rouges-gorges (Franquin, 2 pages) Paws away from the robins (album: Die Jagd auf das Marsupilami) (as guardian angel of the robins in album 6 from 1982, pp. 58–59, or album 6 from 2003 , Pp. 56–57)
  • 1956 Le gorille a bonne mine (Franquin, 40 pages) Goldminen und Gorillas (Semic-Album 3) (Album 9)
  • 1956/57 Le nid des Marsupilamis (Franquin, 40 pages) Kokomiko - The hut in the jungle (Fix and Foxi Super 2) / The Marsupilami on free feet (Semic album 4) / The nest in the jungle (album 10)
  • 1956 Ajout à l'histoire en cours: Joyeux Noël (Franquin, 1 page) projector off, lights on! (Album 10 new edition)
  • 1956 Noël d'un bagarreur (Franquin, 2 pages) The Marsupilami celebrates Christmas (Album: The Hunt for Marsupilami)
  • 1957 Le voyageur du Mésozoïque (Franquin, 47 pages) An ice-cold guest thaws (Semic-Album 2) (Album 11)
  • 1957 Gaston (Franquin, 4 pages) Gaston (The great André Franquin book)
  • 1957 Spirou 2000 (Franquin, 2 mini-pages) Spirou 2000 (Album 10 new edition and Reddition 37)
  • 1957 Le homard (Franquin, 2 pages) The Hummer (album 0 and Classics album 4: Spirou and the robot)
  • 1957 Spirou et Fantasio à la Brasserie Piedboeuf (Franquin / Jidéhem, 4 pages) A report about the Piedboeuf brewery (Zack Dossier 2)
  • 1957 Fantasio et le siphon (Franquin / Denis / Jidéhem, 4 pocket pages) Fantasio and the Siphon (special album 1: Fantasio and the Phantom) sponge over it (The great André Franquin book)
  • 1957 Les patins téléguidés (Franquin / Denis / Jidéhem, 4 pocket or 2 album pages) Fantasio and the remote-controlled roller skates (special album 1: Fantasio and the Phantom and The Great André Franquin Book)
  • 1957/58 Vacances sans histoires (Franquin, 19 pages) Holiday trip with obstacles (Album 9)
  • 1957 La bûche de Noël (Franquin / Jidéhem, 2 pages) A Christmas story (album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1958 La foire aux gangsters (Franquin / Jidéhem, 21 pages) There's going on at the fairground (album 10 from 1985, p. 43–63 or album 11 from 2003, p. 50–70)
  • 1958 Le bouteille de l'eau minerale (Marsupilami and Noël) (Franquin, 1 page) The soda bottle (The great André Franquin book)
  • 1958/59 Le prisonnier du Bouddha (Franquin / Greg / Jidéhem, 61 pages) Caught in the Valley of the Buddhas (Album 12)
  • 1958 Spirou découvre l'Europe (Franquin / Joly / Jidéhem, 4 pages) Spirou discovers Europe (The great André Franquin book)
  • 1958 Les étranges amis de Noël (Franquin / Jidéhem, 2 pages) The strange friends of little Nicki (The great André Franquin book)
  • 1959 La peur au bout du fil (Franquin / Greg / Jidéhem, 13 pages) At the other end Angst (Album 0) Des Wahnsinns fette Beute (Album 11 from 1986, pp. 50–63 - no longer included in the 2003 edition)
  • 1959/60 Z comme Zorglub (Franquin / Greg / Jidéhem, 61 pages) The plan of the cyclotrope (Album 13) (Carlsen Pocket 5)
  • 1959 Noël et l'Elaoin (Franquin, 42 mini-pages) Nicki and the Elaoin (Nicki and the Elaoin)
  • 1960 L'ombre du Z (Franquin / Greg / Jidéhem, 61 pages) Pit and Pikkolo-The secret of Mister Z (Fix and Foxi Super 9) / Im Banne des Z (Album 14) (Carlsen Pocket 18)
  • 1958/59 Tembo Tabou (Franquin / Greg / Roba, 30 pages) In the realm of the red elephants (Semic-Album 9) (Album 22)
  • 1959 Spirou et les hommes-bulles (Franquin / Roba, 31 pages) Tiefenrausch (Semic-Album 7) (Album 15)
  • 1960 Les petits formats (Franquin / Roba, 30 pages) Der Liliput-Trick (Semic-Album 6) (Album 15)
  • 1961/63 QRN sur Bretzelburg (Franquin / Greg, 65 pages) QRN calls Bretzelburg (Album 16)
  • 1964 Joyeuses Pâques pour mon petit Noël (Franquin, 4 pages) Happy Easter, little Nicki (The great André Franquin book)
  • 1965/66 Bravo les Brothers (Franquin, 22 pages) The Bravo Brothers (Album 17)
  • 1967/68 Panade à Champignac (Franquin / Peyo / Gos / Jidéhem, 37 pages) Pit and Pikkolo- Das Riesenbaby (Fix and Foxi Super 26) / Pacifiers and Cyclo-rays (Semic-Album 8) (Album 17)
  • 1968 Marsupilami Gag 1 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (Album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1968 Marsupilami Gag 2 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (Album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1968 Marsupilami Gag 3 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (Album: The Hunt for Marsupilami)
  • 1968 Marsupilami Gag 4 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (Album: The Hunt for Marsupilami)
  • 1968 Marsupilami Gag 5 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (Album: The Hunt for Marsupilami)
  • 1969 Le faiseur d'or (Fournier / Franquin, 48 pages) Die Goldmacher (Fix and Foxi Super 33) (Album 18)
  • 1969 Un Noël clandestin (Fournier, 6 pages) Merry Christmas everywhere! (Album 18)


  • 1970 Le champignon nippon (Fournier, 6 pages) The Japanese mushroom (Album 18)
  • 1970 Marsupilami Gag 6 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1970 1938 - Spirou 1 (Rob-Vel / Cauvin, 6 pages) 1938 - Spirou 1 (Zack Dossier 2) (special album 18: Emergency landing on Zigomus)
  • 1970 (Marsu in the editorial office) (Fournier / Franquin, 1 strip)
  • 1970 (Spirou, Fantasio and Foufi) (Fournier / Kiko, 1 page)
  • 1970 (Bretzelburger Zollhund and Marsu) (Franquin, 6 stripes) oT (Album 16 new edition and Reddition 37)
  • 1970 Marsupilami Sport (Franquin, 2 pages) oT (Album: The hunt for Marsupilami)
  • 1970 Marsupilami Gag 7 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (Album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1970 oT (Fournier / Delporte, 2 pages) Christmas time is turkey time (album 20 new edition)
  • 1970/71 Du glucose pour Noémie (Fournier, 58 pages) Sugar in a tank (Album 19)
  • 1971 Marsupilami Gag 8 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (Album: The Hunt for Marsupilami)
  • 1971 Joyeuses Pâques, Papa! (Fournier, 6 pages) Surprise, papa! (Album 0)
  • 1971 Un faux départ (Fournier, 2 pages with pips) Goodbye! (Album 19)
  • 1971 Marsupilami Gag 9 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1971 Marsupilami Gag 10 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (Album: The Hunt for Marsupilami)
  • 1971/72 L'abbaye truquée (Fournier, 52 pages) Magic in the Abbey (Album 20)
  • 1972/73 Tora Torapa (Fournier, 52 pages) Tora Torapa (Album 21)
  • 1972 Marsupilami Gag 11 (Franquin, 1 page) oT (Album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1973 Vacances à Brocéliande (Fournier, 9 pages, Spirou / Bizu-Crossover) Holidays in Broceliande (special album 1: Fantasio and the Phantom) Holidays in Broceliande ( ZACK 60)
  • 1973/74 Le gri-gri du Niokolo-Koba (Fournier, 44 pages) Lazy Magic in Africa (Semic-Album 10) (Album 23)
  • 1975 Du cidre pour les étoiles (Fournier, 44 pages) Cider for Xorien (Semic-Album 11) (Album 24)
  • 1976 oT (Fournier / Croze, 1 page) The mysterious mask of the Toltecs (album 23 new edition)
  • 1976 L'ankou (Fournier, 44 pages) Alles wie Hexxt (Semic-Album 12) (Album 25)
  • 1976 oT (Fournier / Croze, 1 page) Pips und die Geister (Album 25 new edition)
  • 1976 Est-ce que vous êtes le chauffeur de l'hôtel? (Franquin, 1 poster page) Are you the driver of the hotel? (Album: Fantasio and the Phantom and The Great André Franquin Book)
  • 1977 oT (Fournier / Croze, 2 pages) The sick robot (album 24 new edition)
  • 1977 Houu Bai! (Franquin, 1 page) Huuu Ba! (Album: The Hunt for Marsupilami and The Art of André Franquin)
  • 1977 Capturer un Marsupilami (première parution) (Franquin / Delporte / Will, 2 pages) On the hunt for the Marsupilami (album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1977 oT (Fournier / Croze, 1 page) A trap for Ladislaus (album 26 new edition)
  • 1977 oT (Fournier / Croze, 1 page) Der Weg des Teufels (album 27 new edition)
  • 1977 oT (Fournier / Gégé, 5 pages, Spirou / Bizu-Crossover) Congratulations, Spirou! ( ZACK 66)
  • 1978 Kodo le tyran (Fournier, 44 pages) Kodo, the tyrant (Album 26)
  • 1979 Des haricots partout (Fournier, 44 pages) Nothing but beans (Album 27)

1980s and 1990s

  • 1980 La maison de la mousse (Fournier, 5 pages, unfinished) The little house in the country (book: Fournier)
  • 1980 Le Fantacoptère solaire (Broca / De Kuyssche, 9 pages) The solar fantasy screwdriver (album: Fantasio and the Phantom)
  • 1981 Marsupilami Gag 0 (Franquin, 1/2 page) oT (Album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1981 Capturer un Marsupilami (deuxième parution) (Franquin / Will, 4 pages) On the hunt for the Marsupilami (album: The hunt for the Marsupilami)
  • 1981 Allez Champignac! (Broca, 27 pages) Rummelsdorf ahead - one more goal! (Comixene 73, 76-78)
  • 1981 La voix sans maître (Tome / Janry, 8 pages) A voice fails (album 0)
  • 1981 Les robinsons du rail (Franquin / Jidéhem / Delporte, 39 pages, picture story, Spirou / Gaston-Crossover) Robinson on rails (album: Robinson on rails)
  • 1981 Gare au cliché! (Tome / Janry, 14 pages) A photo gave the clue (Album 36)
  • 1981/82 La ceinture du grand froid (Broca / Cauvin, 44 pages) The Ice Age Machine (Album 28)
  • 1982 La menace (Tome / Janry, 4 pages) The Doom (Album 0)
  • 1982 Cœurs d'acier (Chaland, 16 album pages) Steel hearts (special album 1: Fantasio and the Phantom)
  • 1982 Virus (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) The mysterious virus (album 31)
  • 1982 La boîte noire (Broca / Cauvin, 44 pages) Pandora's box (album 29)
  • 1982 Le groom du président (Tome / Janry, 6 pages) The Page and the President (Album 36)
  • 1982/83 Les faiseurs de silence (Broca / Cauvin, 44 pages) Der Lärmschlucker (Album 30)
  • 1983 Aventure en Australie (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) Adventure in Australia (Album 32)
  • 1983 La seule et unique histoire plus ou moins vraie de la jeunesse de Spirou racontée par l'Oncle Paul (Tome / Janry, 5 pages) The only more or less true story about the youth of Spirou told by Uncle Paul (album 36)
  • 1983 Vilain faussaire! (Tome / Janry, 6 pages) The comic forger (album 36)
  • 1983/84 Qui arrêtera Cyanure? (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) Marilyn is unstoppable (Album 33)
  • 1984 La tirelire est là (Tome / Janry, 2 pages) The piggy bank calls (Album 0)
  • 1984 L'incroyable Burp! (Tome / Janry, 12 pages) The secret of the X4 (Album 36)
  • 1984/85 L'horloger de la comète (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) The Jerk-Zuck-Zeitmaschine (Album 34)
  • 1985/86 Le réveil du Z (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) The return of Z (album 35)
  • 1986 Retrouvailles (Franquin / Stibane / Serdu, 44 pages) Watch out! (Album: Ferdinand and Flippo)
  • 1987 Spirou à New-York (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) Adventure in New York (Album 37)
  • 1988 La frousse aux trousses (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) The fear in the neck (album 38)
  • 1989 La vallée des bannis (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) The Valley of the Exiles (Album 39)
  • 1990 Spirou à Moscou (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) Adventure in Moscow (album 40)
  • 1991 Vito la déveine (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) Vito, the unlucky one (Album 41)
  • 1992/93 Le rayon noir (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) A village sees black (album 42)
  • 1995 Luna fatale (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) Mafia, Mädchen und Moneten (Album 43)
  • 1998 Machine qui rêve (Tome / Janry, 44 pages) Hunt for Spirou (album 44)
  • 1999 Pirates! (Sergueï / Mikäelof, 44 pages, small landscape format, pirated homage)
  • 1999 Aventure extrême (Larcenet, 3 pages)

2000s and 2010s

  • 2001 Une semaine de Spirou et Fantasio (Tome / Janry, 1 page) A week with Spirou and Fantasio (album 0)
  • 2003 L'accélérateur atomique (Trondheim, 46 pages, homage) The atomic particle accelerator ( Mr. Hase's hair-raising adventure 9)
  • 2004 Paris-sous-Seine (Morvan / Munuera, 46 pages) Flood over Paris (album 45)
  • 2005 L'homme qui ne voulait pas mourir (Morvan / Munuera, 54 pages) The man who did not want to die (Album 46)
  • 2006 Les géants pétrifiés (Vehlmann / Yoann, 58 pages) The stone giants (special album 2: The stone giants)
  • 2006 Spirou et Fantasio à Tokyo (Morvan / Munuera, 62 pages) Spirou in Tokyo (album 47)
  • 2006 Des valises sous les bras (Morvan / Hiroyuki, 38 pages, Manga) porter (Comix 50–52)
  • 2006 Noël sans neige (Morvan / Munuera / Yann, 5 pages) Christmas without snow ( ZACK 98) Christmas without snow ... (album 48)
  • 2007 Les marais du temps (LeGall, 52 pages) The swamps of time (special album 4: The swamps of time)
  • 2007 Le tombeau des Champignac (Tarrin / Yann, 59 pages) Die Gruft der von Rummelsdorf (special album 6: Die Gruft der von Rummelsdorf)
  • 2008 Le journal d'un ingénu (Bravo, 74 pages) Portrait of a hero as a young goal (special album 8: Portrait of a hero as a young goal)
  • 2008 Une entrevue avec deux héros (Vehlmann / Yoann, 1 page) oT (album 49)
  • 2008 Aux sources du Z (Morvan / Munuera / Yann, 48 pages) On the origins of Z (Album 48)
  • 2008 Back to the Rédak (Vehlmann / Yoann, 8 pages) The secrets of the deep (album 0 new edition)
  • 2009 Le groom vert-de-gris (Schwartz / Yann, 62 pages) Operation Fledermaus (special album 9: Operation Fledermaus)
  • 2010 Panique en Atlantique (Trondheim / Parme, 62 pages) Panik im Atlantik (special album 11: Panik im Atlantik)
  • 2010 Alerte aux Zorkons (Vehlmann / Yoann, 54 pages) Attack of the Zyklozonks (Album 49)
  • 2011 La face cachée du Z (Vehlmann / Yoann, 47 pages) The dark side of Z (album 50)
  • 2013 Dans les griffes de la vipère (Vehlmann / Yoann, 46 pages) In the clutches of the viper (Album 51)
  • 2013 La femme léopard (Schwartz / Yann, 68 pages) The Leopard Woman ( special album 19)
  • 2014 Le Groom de Sniper Alley (Vehlmann / Yoann, 46 pages) Der Page der Sniper Alley (Album 52)
  • 2014 Fantasio a disparu - Une aventure dont vous êtes le Spirou (18 pages, contains 71 strips by various artists, text by Jousselin)
  • 2014 La Grosse Tête (Makyo / Toldac / Téhem) A big head (special album 20)
  • 2014 Les Destins Contrariés (Vehlmann / Yoann, 6 pages)
  • 2015 La colère du Marsupilami (Vehlmann / Yoann, 54 pages) Der Zorn des Marsupilamis (Album 53)
  • 2016 Fantasio se marie (Feroumont / Coopman, 63 pages) Fantasio marries (special album 21)
  • 2016 Supergroom (Vehlmann / Yoann, 8 pages)
  • 2016 La Lumière de Bornéo (Zidrou / Pé / Cerise)
  • 2016 Le maître des hosties noires (Schwartz / Yann, 64 pages) The Master of the Black Hosts (special album 22; continuation and end of The Leopard Woman )

Film adaptations

Spirou (1993)

In 1993 a 52-part Franco-Belgian animated television series with the title Spirou was released . The episodes were 24 minutes long and are very similar to the style of Tome and Janry's albums. Under the title Spirou and Fantasio , some episodes were also dubbed in German and broadcast on television and released on DVD.

Spirou and Fantasio (2006)

Another series followed in 2006 with Les nouvelles aventures de Spirou et Fantasio . A total of 39 episodes were also published in German under the title Spirou and Fantasio . The animation of the series looks rather modern and has little in common with the previous style.

The Adventures of Spirou and Fantasio (2018)

In 2018, Spirou and Fantasio were made into a feature film, directed by Alexandre Coffre , with Thomas Solivéres in the role of Spirou and Alex Lutz as Fantasio.

Parc Spirou

The Spirou amusement park was built near the municipality of Monteux in southern France with the laying of the foundation stone in June 2017 and the construction period of one year . The opening day was postponed several times until it opened on June 1, 2018.

Web links

Commons : Spirou and Fantasio  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Didier Pasamonik: French Comics . In: Wolfgang Benz (Hrsg.): Handbuch des Antisemitismus . Volume 7: Literature, Film, Theater and Art . De Gruyter Saur, Berlin 2014, p. 122 ISBN 978-3-11-034088-4 (accessed via De Gruyter Online).
  2. a b c d e f g h Numa Sadoul: The great André Franquin book , Carlsen, Reinbek near Hamburg 1989
  3. Spirou and Fantasio: The Page of Sniper Alley (The information is in the appendix.)
  4. Spirou and Fantasio in the Internet Movie Database (English)