Henri Verlinden (Verli, born in Antwerp) was a studio artist of Spirou magazine from 1962 to 1968. He then went to Pilote, where his most notable work was the 'Emile' series. This series, about a children's drawing that came to life, is set backstage in comics world, dealing with among others the origins of speech balloons. It is Michel Greg's 'Achille Talon' who leads the young 'Emile' through the comics world. Verli has also made the satirical 'Le Secret Enigmatique du Mystère du Chicon' with Honoré Delbouille (Yvan Delporte), about Flemish-Walloon antagonisms, in Tintin. He passed away in Borghout in 2000.