421 - Scotch Malaria
Brussels-born Éric Maltaite learned the comic trade from his father, Willy Maltaite, the comic artist better known as Will. After brief appearances in Tintin and BideVision, he started out helping his father on some of the 'Tif et Tondu' short stories. Eventually, in 1978, he teamed up with his father's scenarist, Stephen Desberg, to work on his own comics. After humorous series like 'Jules et Gil' and 'La Famille Hérodius', Maltaite and Desberg came up with the espionnage series '421', starring special agent Jimmy Plant (a name derived from Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant).
The graphics of the series were at first strongly influenced by the humorous style of Will. Eventually, the artwork turned more realistic, as did the scripts. In the mid-1980s, Maltaite also started a collaboration with Denis Lapière for the exotic series 'Mono Jim', that was at first published in L'Écho des Savanes. After quiting '421' and their affiliation with publisher Dupuis in 1992, Maltaite and Desberg continued their collaboration at P & T Productions with the series 'Carmen Lamour'.
Maltaite reappeared in Spirou with 'Nationale Zéro' (scripts by Janssens, 1995) and 'Dédé et Dédé' (scripts by Jean-Michel Thiriet, 1997). In 1999 he also returned to L'Écho des Savanes with erotic stories like 'Robinsonne, la Naufragée' and '1001 Nuits de Schéhérazade', both published in album by Albin Michel. Together with Jean-Pierre Autheman, Maltaite created the action mini-series 'Zambada', published by Glénat between 2001 and 2006.
In 2006, he returned to the humorous genre for Éditions Bamboo with 'Les Campeurs', a series scripted by Dugomier, and some books in the series 'Les Fondus' by Hervé Richez and Christophe Cazenove. Maltaite returned to his roots in 2014 with the publication of 'Choc', a graphic novel series depicting the origins of 'Monsieur Choc', one of the most emblematic villains in franco-belgian comics, that was created by his father and Maurice Rosy for the 'Tif et Tondu' series. The story is written by Stéphane Colman and published by Dupuis. Éric Maltaite lives and works in Spain.