La vallée maudite (Audax #35, September 1955)
Little is known about the artist behind the signature Val. He drew back-up stories for two of Artima's Audax issues, 'Le Bracelet de Cuivre' (#34) and 'La Vallée Maudite' (#35) in 1955.
It is possible that Val's real name is Valentin Dufrasne. This could also be the same person as Frank Val, the artist credited with the late 1940s comic books 'Chicago-Kid' and 'Malabar, le Roi des Mers du Sud' by Publi-Vog in Nice. Frank Val (whose name is also spelled as Franck Val) also drew 8 issues of 'Rex la Brousse' for Voix Françaises in 1949-50. The signature Val also appeared in the Fayard magazines Les Belles Images and La Jeunesse Illustrée between 1928 and 1933. Possible connections between these artists are unknown.