Island of Fear, by Fernand Cheneval

Fernand Cheneval is a Belgian comic artist and publisher, who also used the pseudonyms of Chenn, Lola Tabou, F. Oakdale and F. Thiry. He is best-known for founding Heroïc Albums, a weekly comics magazine with a focus on complete action and adventure stories. Young Cheneval began his career with publisher Guy Depière in 1942. Two years later, he succeeded Fred Funcken and Marcel Moniquet on 'Akkor, Roi de la Planète' and 'Robin Moderne', both published in Depière's Bimbo magazine.

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By 1945, at the age of 17, Cheneval launched his own title Héroïc-Albums with both a Walloon and a Flemish edition, taking with him several artists from Depière's team. He directed Heroïc-Albums until 1956, filling its pages with work by Maurice Tillieux, François Craenhals, Tibet, Greg, Jidéhem, Moniquet, Weinberg, Christo, Dineur, Leika, or himself, and inventing characters like pilot Bill Flight, detectives Nick Mask and Tim Tom, journalist Attila and Leo Walon.

Gangsters, by Fernand Cheneval

After he demise of Héroïc, Cheneval focused on a career in advertising, but he continued to make several short historical stories for Tintin magazine from scenarios by Yves Duval, between 1957 and 1968. He also introduced a new character, called 'Masque d'Argent', in 1967 and 1968. In 1969, he tried to revive Heroïc-Albums in cooperation with Volkswagen and petrol company Fina. The relaunch marked the appearance of a new hero, called 'Bruno Francorchamps', but the revival was short-lived. The magazine folded after seven issues, after which Cheneval returned to his advertising work.

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