La Pension Radicelle, by Eugène Gire
'La Pension Radicelle'. 

Eugène Giroud, better known as Eugène Gire, was born in the Ardèche and started illustrating in 1935. Two years later, he drew his first comic strip, 'Hégésippe Dupont', for L'Épatant. From the early 1940s, Gire took on creating comics for Collection Junior of Éditions des Remparts ('Toto Tourbillon') and for the magazine Hardi Les Gars. Starting in 1945, he created various comics for the Collection Chiche, like 'Londa', 'Brouille et Petrouchka', 'La Guerre des Micropoussites', 'Télé et Fone' and 'Histoire de Huipatte et Hurrar'.

Pension Radicale, by Eugène Gire
'La Pension Radicelle'. 

In that same period, he joined the S.A.E.T.L. publishers group, for which he created 'Wamba le Justicier de la Brousse', 'Sur le Sentier de la Guerre', 'Munkey Seigneur de la Forêt', 'Le Maître des Corsaires', 'Drame au Pays des Radjahs', 'Les Démons de la Jungle' and 'Batouk le Roi de la Forêt'. He was also present in magazines like Bob et Bobette ('Le Corsaire Volant', 'Poste 304'), Les Merveilleuses Aventures ('Les Pirates de Kien Bay') and Le Corsaire ('Le Maître des Corsaires', 'Le Premier Exploit du Jeune Tourville').

Télé et Fone, by Eugène Gire
'Telé et Fone'.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Gire was a regular contributor to the French pocket books, or "petit formats". For Éditions Artima, he drew 'Jim Ouragan' in Red Canyon. He also contributed to the Collection Hurrah!! ('Zorro') and publications by S.E.G. ('Miss Adélie', 'Ludo'). For Brik, he drew series like 'Cap'tain Vir de Bor' and 'Le Messager du Roy Henri'.

Starting in 1946, Gire was one of the most prolific authors for the Groupe Vaillant. For their main periodical Vaillant, he created humorous series like 'La Pension Radicelle', 'À Babord' and 'Père O.K.'. He was also present in the female equivalent of the magazine, Vaillante, with 'Les Aventures d'Alice au Pays des Merveilles' and 'Les Mille et une Nuits'. In addition, he made the series 'R. Hudi Junior' in Dimanche Fillette and 34 Caméra, 'Kam et Rah les Terribles' for Caméra and 'Le Gars lent Fierabras' in Ce Soir. Due to serious illness, Gire had to quit all his activities in 1968. Some of his series were continued by his son, Michel-Paul Giroud.

Les Avators d'A. Bâbord
'Les Avators d'A'. 

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