Pat'Apouf, art by Gervy (Almanach du Pélerin, 1949)
Pat'Apouf (Almanach du Pélerin, 1949)

Yves Desdemaines-Hugon, better known as Gervy, started his career in 1926, making humorous illustrations, covers and advertisements for several magazines, such as Le Combat Périgourdin, Ric et Rac, L'Ouest-Éclair and Gringoire. From 1932, he was present at the Société Anonyme du Petit Écho de la Mode, later renamed to Editions Montsouris. He made illustrations and some comics for periodicals like Guignol (short stories), Lisette ('Klik, le Petit Lutin') and Pierrot ('Plouck le Moussaillon', 'Clin-Foc', 'Roudoudou').

Miette et son ami Totoche (Bernadette, 1951)
Miette et son ami Totoche (Bernadette, 1951)

In 1936, Éditions Gordinne published his first comic book, 'Le Trésor de l'Île aux Mouettes'. That same year, he started making comics for Bonne Presse, like 'Le Totem du Vieux Cerf', 'Prodigieux Exploits de Paulo' and 'Jean et Paul', which were published in the periodical Bayard. Gervy began his series 'Pat'Apouf' in 1938, in another Bonne Presse magazine, Le Pélerin. He kept drawing the series in this magazine until 1973, when it was taken over by Jean Ache.

Pat'Apouf, art by Gervy (Le Pélerin, 1959)
Pat'Apouf (Le Pélerin, 1959)

Gervy did not feel overworked by his immense production, and additionally created 'Joe Typhon' and 'Pacifque' for Le Pélerin and was present in the magazines of Averbode, Petit Belges, Tremplin and Zonneland. He took on new comics, like 'Klik, Wisky et Boule', 'Ritou', and 'Les Inventions du Professeur Pouic'.

1951, art by Gervy

After the War, Gervy was present at Éditions Pierre Fanlac, among others with the pantomime comic 'Monsieur Pluche' in L'Essor. In Goupil, he made 'Les Aventures de Goupil', 'Ralingue et Pamplemousse', 'L'Affaire Brand', 'Johnny le Justicier' and 'Miette et son ami Totoche'. Back at the publishing house Gordinne, he created 'Bobby Reporter' in album, which also appeared in Wrill later on.

Bobby Reporter, art by Gervy
Bobby Reporter (Wrill)

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