Pifou by Roger Mas
'Pifou' (Pif Gadget #4, 1969).

While being a bank clerk in 1942, Paris-born Roger Masmonteil published his first illustrations in Allô 18, the magazine of the firemen where he fulfilled his military service during World War II. Back in civilian life, Mas returned to his work at a bank. He eventually found employment as the successor of José Cabrero Arnal on his series 'Gavroche et G. Latine' in Avant-Garde and 'Becdor le Canard' in L'Humanité. In addition, Mas illustrated 'Barbichette', created with a script by Jean-Claude, also in L'Humanité.

Pif le Chien, by Roger Mas
'Pif le Chien'.

When Arnal got ill, Mas succeeded him on the daily 'Pif le Chien' strip in L'Humanité. Starting in 1954, he also drew the 'Pif' comic for the magazine Vaillant. In addition, he created the 'Spoutnik' comic for Pif Mensuel and L'Humanité from 1955 to 1965. As the lead artist of 'Pif le Chien', Mas created 'Pifou', Pif's son who got his own series and even his own pocket book after a while.

Léo Bète à Part by Roger Mas
'Léo Bête à Part' (Pif Gadget #6, 31 March 1969).

In 1967 Roger Mas left the 'Pif' comic in Vaillant to continue 'Pifou' and to create his own series, 'Léo Bète à Part' with Jean Sanitas in Pif Gadget, the successor of Vaillant magazine. In 1968 and 1969, Mas had a brief appearance in Tintin with 'Késako'. Starting in 1987, R. Mas illustrated new stories with 'Pifou' for a monthly of the same name. Roger Mas retired in the early 1990s, and passed away in 2010.

Pifou, by Roger Masmontiel

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