Superjhemp by Roger Leiner

Roger Leiner was a comic artist and cartoonist from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Born in Wiltz, he studied Plastic Arts at the University of Social Science in Strasbourg, France. He initially worked as a state official at the Ministry of Economics from 1979 to 1986, while making a weekly cartoon for Lëtzebuerger Land from 1982. He eventually turned to fulltime cartooning and has been working with Luxembourg comics writer Lucien Czuga since 1987.

Their best-known creation is 'Superjhemp', who is probably the only Luxembourg superhero. This character stars in Luxembourg's best-selling comic book series, of which some 185,000 copies were sold by 2006. Book collections of the strip have been published by the weekly magazine Revue since 1988. 'Superjhemp' has remained virtually unknown outside of this small country. This is probably due to the fact that it is tailor-made for a national audience, with caricatures of famous Luxembourgers and the typical Luxembourg worldview. Main inspiration for the character was 'Superdupont' by Marcel Gotlib and Jacques Lob.

Hot Cuisine by Roger Leiner
Hot Cuisine

Other collaborations between Leiner and Czuga are 'De stolen A ' (Ed. Arbed 1991), 'Jimmy' (Ed. Lions, 1992), two books with the misadventures of 'De Pechert' (Éditions Weekend, 1989, 1993) and its follow-up 'Pechert-Melba' (Ed. Revue, 2002), the gastronomic humour series 'Hot Cuisine' (De Verlaach, 2013-2014) and a comic book about the history of Luxembourg, called 'Vum Siggy bis bei d'City' (De Verlaach, 2015). Leiner has furthermore made book illustrations, and worked as an animator for several short films and ads through AFO-Film.

Roger Leiner passed away on 29 December 2016 at the age of 61. He was praised by President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker as a "talented artist, who has shaped several generations of Luxembourgians".

Vum Siggy bis bei d'City
Vum Siggy bis bei d'City

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