Tom-Tom aux Amériques by Constant Dratz

Constant Dratz was a Belgian artist and painter, who was best known for his illustrations for the worker's movement and for his paintings of Belgian landscapes. During World War II, he made cover illustrations for the weekly magazines Bonnes Soirées, and also illustrated tales for Bravo!. He was also the original artist of the adventure comic 'L'Étrange Aventure de Tom-Tom aux Amériques', that was written by Raymond Duquenne and published in Bravo! from December 1940 until the first semester of 1941. Dratz drew only the first six installments, he was succeeded by L. Neyaert for installments 8 through 11. Constant Dratz was the father of Jean Dratz, the Belgian painter an artist who was the director of Bravo! during the 1940s.

The 'Tom-Tom' comic was attributed to Constant Dratz in Frans Lambeau's 'Dictionnaire Illustré de la Bande Dessinée Belge sous l'Occupation' (André Versaille Éditeur, 2013). Several online sources list 1930 as the year of Constant Dratz's death. Any confirmation on either the author of the comic or the date of death of Constant Dratz would be appreciated.

Last updated: 2013-11-24

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