Bimbo, by Guy Depiere

Guy Depière was a Brussels-based advertising artist, who published a couple of comic magazines in the 1940s. The first of these was Aventures Illustrées (and its Flemish counterpart Geïllustreerde Avonturen), that started around October 1940. Depière filled the early issues completely by himself, with stories starring characters like 'Bimbo, Romarin et Miksy', 'Tommy Tuller' and 'Roberjac'. The magazine merged with L'Éclair in 1941 and was renamed to Bimbo-Aventures Illustrées. By now, Depière had formed a team of artists around him, including Fred Funcken and Marcel Moniquet, that published material under the banner of "Studio Guy".

Bimbo is banned by the German oppressor for its anglophile content in 1942, and doesn't return until after the war, in October 1944. Studio Guy is supplemented with young authors like Fernand Cheneval and Maurice Tillieux. Depière added a second magazine to his output, and launched Jeep in June 1945, for which Maurice Tillieux and Fernand Dineur provided most of the original artwork. Depière's publications couldn't compete with popular magazines like Spirou, however, and didn't make it into the 1950s. Jeep's run ended in February 1947, and Bimbo in 1949. Most of Depière's team eventually joined Cheneval and his new magazine, Héroïc-Albums.

Guy Depière has also made watercolor paintings, and posters for the Holland America Line. Some sources spell his name as Guy Depierre.

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