De Melkwegers (Robbedoes, 24-6-1979)
Roland Goossens, better known as Gos, was one of the popular artists that published in Spirou magazine from the 1970s throughout the 1990s. Born in Thy-le-Château, he was in the professional military prior to his career in comics. He devoted his spare time to drawing and published his first comic story in the military magazine Nos Forces.
He was in his late 20's when he switched careers and joined Studio Peyo in 1965. He was Peyo's right-hand man on 'Les Schtroumpfs', 'Benoît Brisefer' and 'Jacky et Célestin'. Gos published his first solo short story in Spirou magazine in 1966 and helped his studio colleague François Walthéry in the creation of his own series 'Natacha', for which he wrote the scripts of the first two books.
Gos left Studio Peyo in 1969 and took over the artwork of the popular detective series 'Gil Jourdan' from Maurice Tillieux, who kept writing the scripts, in the following year. The collaboration between Gos and Tillieux continued until the latter's unfortunate death in 1979. Gos additionally began his own series, 'Khéna et le Scrameustache', that was published in Spirou from 1972. This humorous children's science-fiction comic, about an extraterrestrial cat and his earth friend, became one of Spirou's most popular series.
With adding such alien creatures as 'Les Galaxiens' to the series, Gos developed an entire universe around his two main characters. Gos got assistance from Yves Urbain and most notably his son Walt in the early 1980s. Walt has focused on the artwork of the stories starring the Galaxiens since. After 34 albums published by Dupuis, the series was continued by Glénat in 2005.
Gos at Studio Peyo