Blagues Coquines by Dany
'Blagues Coquines' (Rooie Oortjes).

Daniel Henrotin, who signs with Dany, is best known for drawing beautiful women, as can be seen in his series 'Olivier Rameau' and his erotic comics gag series 'Blagues Coquines' ('Red Ears'). He was born in Marche-en-Famenne and obtained his degree in graphics and advertising from the School of Fine Arts in Liège in 1964. He was hired as the assistant of Mittéï in 1966, who was assisting Greg and Tibet on their comics at the time. The collaboration was cut short due to Dany's military service. However, during this period, Dany found the time could find the time to do several short historical stories and illustrations for Tintin magazine.

Olivier Rameau, by Dany
Olivier Rameau - 'Le Rêve aux 7 Portes'.

Back in civilian life, he joined the art studio of Michel Greg in Brussels, where he assisted on series like 'Les As'. Dany and Greg also set up their own project, resulting in the creation of the poetic and humorous 'Olivier Rameau' series in 1968. The comic was set in Dreamland and drew inspiration from 'Alice in Wonderland' and the 'Wizard of Oz'. It appeared in Tintin until the magazine's disappearance and was collected in albums by Lombard and later P&T/Joker from 1970. Dany and Greg cooperated on the series until the latter's death in 1999, leaving one episode unfinished. Dany eventually completed this final story, published in book format in 2006.

Histoire sans Héros by Dany
'Histoire sans Héros'.

Also in cooperation with Greg, Dany created 'Jo Nuage et Kay McCloud', a parody of super policemen, published in Achille Talon magazine in 1975. Although generally working in a comical drawing style, Dany has had his exploits in the realistic genre. The first one was the one-shot graphic novel he created with Jean Van Hamme, 'Histoire sans Héros', about the survivors of a plane crash in a South American jungle. It appeared in Tintin in 1975 and was collected in book format in 1977. Dany and Van Hamme created a sequel in 1997, called 'Vingt ans après'.

Arlequin by Dany
Arlequin #6 - 'Le Labyrinthe'.

Dany and Van Hamme continued their collaboration with the burlesque secret agent series 'Arlequin' between 1979 and 1985. Dany also took over the artwork of 'Bernard Prince' from Hermann in 1978. He made two long episodes and some short stories with Greg that were collected in book format in 1980 and 1989. 

Tintin cover by DanyTintin cover by Dany

Dany's biggest success came when he started his series of soft-erotic gag pages, first collected in the 1990 book 'Ça Vous Intéresse?'. Dany had published his erotic gags, that would eventually become known as 'Blagues Coquines', in the Glénat magazine Le Canard Sauvage in the 1980s.

Rooie Oortjes, by Dany
'Blagues Coquines'. 

Working with a variety of scriptwriters including Bob de Groot, Tibet and Hermann, Dany's 'Blagues Coquines' have appeared in many albums published by P&T Production and Joker Éditions.

Equator, by Dany

Dany became an allround author in 1992, when he launched his new adventure series about Central Africa, 'Equator'. The series was published by Lombard and eventually by Alpen until 1998. He teamed up with Yves Huppen to draw 'Transylvania', the third volume of Huppen's trilogy 'Sur Les Traces de Dracula' for Casterman in 2006. Dany ventured into heroic fantasy with the 'Lanfeust' spin-off 'Les Guerrières de Troy' written by Scotch Arleston and Melanÿn since 2010.

Sur les traces de Dracula by Dany
'Sur Les Traces de Dracula' - 'Transylvania'.

Throughout his career, Dany has done a lot of advertising artwork, like his illustrations for the annual Citroën calendar and the 1993 promotional comic for the Junior Club of the Swiss railways, 'Les Juniors du Rail'.

He has also participated in a variety of collective comic and illustration projects, like the 1973 comic adaptation of 'Alice in Wonderland' (with Greg, Dupa, Turk and De Groot) and (art) books like '205 Un Sacré Numéro' (Promo-BD, 1987) and 'Souvenirs de films' (Lombard, 2009). He was one of several artists to make a graphic contribution to 'Pepperland’ (1980), a collective comic book tribute to the store Pepperland, to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the time. In 1980 Dany was one of many Belgian comic artists to make a graphic contribution to the book 'Il était une fois... les Belges'/'Er waren eens Belgen' (1980), a collection of columns and one-page comics, published at the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Belgium. He was one of several artists to make a graphic contribution to 'Baston Labaffe no. 5: La Ballade des Baffes’ (Goupil, 1983), an official collective parody comic of  André Franquin’s 'Gaston Lagaffe’. In 1987-1988 the publishing company Brain Factory International released a four-volume comic book series where Franco-Belgian comic authors visualized several songs by singer Jacques Brel in comic strip form. The third volume, 'Ces Gens-là' (1988) featured a contribution by Dany. In 1990 Dany paid graphic tribute to François Walthéry in the collective homage book 'Natacha. Special 20 Ans' (Marsu Productions, 1990), which celebrated the 20th anniversary of Walthéry's series 'Natacha'.

In June 1997 'Olivier Rameau' received his own comic book mural in the Rue du Chêne / Eikstraat 9 in Brussels, as part of the Brussels' Comic Book Route. 

Olivier Rameau by Dany

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