Fernand Dineur is one of the original artists of Spirou magazine and the creator of the famous 'Tif et Tondu' series. He held many professions before he became an artist, such as butcher and police officer. Dineur was present in Spirou from the first issue, on 21 April 1938, with 'Les Aventures de Tif'. Initially alone, the main character, Tif (the bald one), found his friend Tondu (with the beard) on a deserted island a couple of issues later. Dineur wrote and drew several jolly and somewhat naïve 'Tif et Tondu' stories until 1948. By then, he got fired from Spirou because his style was deemed too old-fashioned for the magazine, that was about to enter its post-war Golden Age. When Will took over the artwork, Dineur initially continued to write the stories until 1952, and in the following decades Will would mature the series together with the writers Maurice Rosy, Maurice Tillieux and Stephen Desberg.
First meeting of Tif and Tondu
Besides 'Tif et Tondu', Dineur has created a couple of other features for Spirou, such as 'Flup Détective' and 'Les Exploits de Bib, Ripp, Fitt et Jop'. He was also present in the other Dupuis magazine, Le Moustique, with 'Les Tribulations de Prosper', and in newspaper Le Soir with 'Poupoutte le Clochard'. Together with Tillieux, he was among the first artists in Guy Depière's Bimbo comic, for which he made 'Furette'.
In 1949, Dineur resumed 'Tif et Tondu' in Fernand Cheneval's Héroïc-Albums, drawing eleven new stories. Dupuis objected, however, and Dineur eventually sold his rights to the publisher. Among his other work for Héroïc are 'Ric Détective', 'Baron Louf', 'Nant', and the scripts of 'Attila' for Cheneval. In addition, he worked for Prenez-Moi (with 'Cap Joc') and Sans Blague. With his simple and readable style, Dineur is one of the pioneers of the Belgian comic.