La Piste (Les Belles Images, 8-1-1925)
Paul d'Espagnat is one of the French comics artists from the early 20th century. His first work appeared in L'Imagier from 1894, and soon his drawings were featured in Frou-Frou, Le Pêle-Mêle and Bon Vivant. Using several pseudonyms, such as S-Pania, I-Béric and Béric, to sign his work, d'Espagnat drew for numerous publications of the publishing house Arthème Fayard, such as La Jeunesse Illustrée (1903-35) and Les Belles Images (1904-36).
Boxe et Hymen
For La Jeunesse Illustrée, he created among others 'Boxe et Hymen' in 1908. He was art director of Les Belles Images for a while, and he drew 'Le Secret de la Maison Jaune' in L'As in 1937. He created several comical strips in Fillette, such as 'Les Galéjades d'Olivette de Marseille' (1939-40) and 'Mademoiselle Risquetout' (1940-41).
Bedgood Tournera chez Charlot (Les Belles Images, 13-11-1924)
D'Espagnat was one of the first comic artists that experimented with the use of text balloons. Some of his works featured characters with disproportional heads, a heritage of French caricaturists from the turn of the Century, like Caran d'Ache, Tybalt and Raymond Tournon. Other works had a more Art Deco style, with silhouette characters, like in 'Pages de Gloire Française et d'Humour', based on the memoires of General Marbot and published in France-Soir Jeudi.
Le Pion (Les Belles Images, 30-10-1924)
D'Espagnat was also a big animated film fan, which resulted in his Disney-like section Page des Juniors in Belles Images in 1934-35. His final known work was 'Le Paladin des Paladins', which also appeared in France-Soir Jeudi. With his clearness of style, and recognizable characters, Paul d'Espagnat can be considered the French equivalent of George McManus.
Le Sourire, 1909