Xan comic strip, by Jean Pleyers
Xan: L'Or de la Mort (1984)

After his studies at the Institute Saint-Luc in Liège, Jean Pleyers became the assistant of Gérald Forton in 1966 and worked on the series 'Teddy Ted' in Pif Gadget and 'Tiger Joe' in La Libre Belgique Junior (script by André-Paul Duchâteau). Next, Pleyers created some short stories for Le Soir Jeunesse and some 'Belles Histoires de l'Oncle Paul' stories for Spirou. In 1971, he assisted Cuvelier on the 'Line' episode 'La Caravane de la Colère' and made comic adaptation of about a dozen novels for Artima.

Xan: Jehanne de France, by Jean Pleyers (1985)
Xan: Jehanne de France (1985)

In the following three years, while living in The Little Antilles, he drew 'Pat Le Guadeloupéen'. Back in Belgium, he started working with Jacques Martin, whom he assisted on 'Alix' and with whom he created the science-fiction series 'Xan' (later retitled to 'Jhen') in 1978. Pleyers has drawn 'Jhen' until 2000, when he was succeeded by Bernard Capo.

Jhen: L'Archange, by Jean Pleyers (2000)
Jhen: L'Archange (2000)

In 1981, he additionally drew 'Les Êtres de Lumière' in Métal Hurlant. In 1992, he began another series with Martin, 'Kéos'. In 1996 he created the historical comic series 'Giovani' for Casterman, for which he does both art and scriptwork.

Tristan, by Jean Pleyers
Tristan, by Jean Pleyers

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