Gaston Martineau was a journalist, draftsman and writer, who worked under the pseudonyms Gaston Martin, Alain Descarmes and Aldé. Aldé was the key artist of the magazine Le Main Libre from 1946 until the early 1950s. He made political drawings, humorous drawings and comic strips. His main character was 'M. Mistouflet', who went through ten adventures along with his faithful dog Sacapuces between 1946 and 1951. The lay-out of the series varied from pantomime comic strips, to balloon and text comics, while the setting could differ from the Middle Ages to the year 3000. Besides 'Mistouflet', Aldé has briefly drawn the equally naïve series 'Don Quichotte' (1947) and the more realistic adaptation of G. Martin's 'Zodiaque' pulp novels (1950). He later became a press agent at Mutuelles du Mans.