Mickey Mouse, by Carla Regalado Teixido
Esspé cartoon, printed in 'Les Chefs d'Oeuvre du Dessin d'Humour' (Anthologie Planète, 1968).

Esspé was a French cartoonist, known for his raw and cynical humor, appearing in several publications of the 1960s and 1970s.

Life and career
He was born in 1944 as Pierre Stora in Paris. His cartoons first appeared in the alternative press of the 1960s, starting with the relaunched edition of Pierre Dac's humor magazine L'Os à Moelle (1964), followed by appearances in the cultural magazine Arts (1966) and the conservative weekly Le Nouveau Candide (1966-1967), affiliated with the political gaullist movement.

Stora then had longer associations with the popular news weekly Paris Match (1966-1971) and Comédie-Française (1972-1975), with additional contributions to the science monthly Constellation (1967), the fashion magazine Écho de la Mode (1968) and the literary newspaper supplement Le Figaro Littéraire (1968-1969). Esspé's biting humor was presented in quick rudimentary drawings, at times reminiscent of graffiti. Flourishing in the 1960s and 1970s, Esspé seems to have stopped publishing after 1975. Pierre Stora died in 2010 in Angers, Maine-et-Loire, at age 66.


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