After the early death of his Italian immigrant parents, Pascal J. Zanon was forced to take on several odd jobs to earn a living. His passion for graphic art led him to get assignments for drawing sports caricatures and illustrations for historical articles. He met Christian Vanderhaeghe, editor-in-chief of publishing company Art et B.D., who encouraged Zanon to make a comic series. This resulted in the comic series of 'Harry Dickson', based on the famous series by Jean Ray. After first appearing in magazine Charlie Mensuel, the rest of the series was published directly in album format.