Génial Olivier by Jacques Devos
Génial Olivier

After twenty years of repairing bikes in his father's company, Jacques Devos turned to making comics in 1961. He began his career with Spirou magazine as a writer of numerous "mini-books" for artists like De Gieter, Kiko and Salverius. He soon also worked for the normal pages of Spirou, creating series like 'Tim et Tom' (1962-1965) and 'Whamoka et Whikilowat' (1963-1968) with Louis Salvérius and 'Djinn' with Kiko (1964-1966).

Victor Sebastopol, by Jacques Devos
Victor Sébastopol

With Hubuc, he created the memoires of the Russian spy 'Victor Sébastopol' in 1962. By 1964 he continued the series on his own with irregular appearances throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. In addition to writing for other artists, Devos also did the artwork for some of his own mini-books, mainly those starring characters like 'Schwartzbrot' and 'Superherman'.

Le porte aux illusions by Jacques Devos
La Porte aux illusions (Spirou 1670, 1970)

Between 1969 and 1972, Devos produced several humorous and often absurd comics for Spirou, that appeared under the title 'Farfeluosités de Devos'. He is however best-known for 'Génial Olivier', a genius boy that was already introduced in a mini-book in 1963, but was a regular character in Spirou throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In general, the series dealt with the havoc that Olivier's many inventions caused in his classroom and school, as well as the resulting collisions with his his teacher, M. Rectitude. Devos drew this series, that was collected in 17 books by Dupuis, until his retirement in 1988.

Les Chroniques Extraterrestres, by Jacques Devos
Extra-terrestres - Opération Kamikaze (Spirou #1975, 1976)

Besides his work for Dupuis, Devos drew two albums of the James Bond parody 'Steve Pops' for Casterman in 1966 and 1967. In the 1970s, Devos made two series of half-page comics in Spirou dealing with the history of weapons ('La Petite Histoire des Armes à Feu' and 'Armes Farfelues'). These comics were collected in book format in 1985. Starting in 1976, Devos also created comics in a realistic drawing style, with the science fiction stories 'Les Chroniques Extra-terrestres'. In 1984, he also produced a long continuing sci-fi story, called 'L'Étoile Vert'.

Jacques Devos passed away at the age of 67 in January 1992, only four years after his retirement.

Genial Olivier by Jacques Devos
Génial Olivier

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