Sans Famille, by Jacques Blondeau
Sans Famille (Dutch edition from Donald Duck, 1959)

During the 1950s and 1960s, Jacques Blondeau was one of the foremost artists of the Opera Mundi agency. Among the most important daily series he illustrated for this agency, were 'Arsène Lupin' (in Parisien Libéré), 'Lil' and 'Maigret' (in Samedi Soir). Apart from these balloon series, Blondeau made comic adaptations of novels in the "old fashioned style" (with the text below the images), including 'L'Assassinat d'Henry IV', 'Les Dossieres de l'Agence O' and 'Vingt Mille Lieuses Sous les Mers'.

20,000 Lieues Sous les Mers, presumably by Blondeau (Le Samedi, 1952)
20,000 Lieues Sous les Mers, presumably by Blondeau (Le Samedi, 1952)

In the 1960s, he worked on such vertical strips as 'Le Cercle de Famille', 'L'Empreinte du Dieu', 'Fromont Jeune et Risler Ainé', 'L'or du Cristobal', 'Les Hommes en Blanc' and episodes of 'Une Histoire par Semaine', 'Destins Hors Série' and 'Les Grandes Nouvelles d'Hier et Aujourd'hui'.

Arsene Lupin by Jacques Blondeau
Arsène Lupin - Gentleman-cambrioleur (Le Samedi, 26/1/1957)

In 1954, he illustrated 'Les Grands Espions' on large color pages in Lectures Pour Tous. From 1958 he cooperated regularly on Le Journal de Mickey, and for this magazine he adapted novels into comics ('Helvgor du Fleuve Bleu', 'Sans Famillle') and illustrated series such as 'Lancelot', 'La Petite Annie' and 'Tim la Brousse'. In the late 1960s he turned ill and he committed suicide in 1968.

Arsene Lupin by Jacques Blondeau
Arsène Lupin - Gentleman-cambrioleur (Le Samedi, 26/1/1957)

Last updated: 2009-03-06

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