François-Joseph Herman was the first in a long line of assistants to Willy Vandersteen. Born in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, he was raised in the French language. He attended the Saint-Luc art school in Brussels and began his association with Vandersteen in 1949. He inked several stories of 'Suske en Wiske', starting with the final episodes of 'De Mottenvanger'. He also contributed to the 'Suske en Wiske' stories for Tintin magazine, as well as other Vandersteen series until 1952. He also created some comics of his own, such as 'Le Secret de la Mer' for Feu Sacré, and 'Franjo' for Heroïc Albums, and presumably also a couple of 'Belles Histoires de l'Oncle Paul' for Spirou magazine. He lived and worked as a fine artist in Jette, where he passed away in 1963.