Les Musicos by Michel Janvier
Les Musicos

When he was about twenty years of age, Michel Janvier made his first comics for the fanzines La Claque and L'Abcès. Later on he specialized in photography and illustration. He did most of his illustration work in the advertising field, such as for the Michelin Guides. From 1982 Janvier worked regularly for Dargaud publishers. In 1986 he cooperated on the 'Lucky Luke' album, 'Le Ranch Maudit', which contained short stories written by Claude Guylouis, Jean Léturgie and Xavier Fauche.

Ran-tan-plan, by Michel Janvier

A year later, Morris decided to start a spin-off series with the stupid dog 'Ran-Tan-Plan', one of the most popular 'Lucky Luke' characters. Janvier did the artwork on six albums until 1997.

In 1994-1995 Janvier and Jean Léturgie made a series of small advertising comic books for the chocolade cookie brand 'Prince de Lu'. They starred the brand's mascot, the medieval prince of Lu, in a series of realistically drawn adventures. Four titles were available: 'Le Medaillon Magique / Het Magisch Medaillon', 'L'Imposteur/ De Bedrieger', 'Le Chevalier Noir / De Zwarte Ridder' and 'Le Lubon/ De Huberlu'. The latter story starred a strange creature whom would become the prince's sidekick. All four mini comics were collectable by buying cookie boxes. They all had a flip cover in the two main Belgian languages, Dutch and French. Regardless on how one flipped the books one could read the same story in either Dutch or French. 

From 1998 on Janvier cooperated with Véronique Brissaud and Gilles Ratier on 'Bédé Philes', a section about comics in L'Écho du Centre. The same year, he created 'L'Histoire de la Porcelaine en Bande Dessinée' and the characters 'Rob, Wed & Co'. The latter began as a series of self-published albums, but the series later appeared at Bamboo under the name 'Les Musicos', scripted by Erroc and Jenfèvre.

Rob-Wed & Co, by Michel Janvier
Rob, Wed & Co

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