Luc Maezelle, alias Mazel, was born in Herentals and attended the Saint-Luc Institute. He worked as an architect between 1956 and 1964, and in his spare time, he designed the sets for several theatre plays. By 1960 he started making comics for Tintin magazine, including short stories and the series 'Cromagnon' (1961), 'L'Affaire Tarentule' (1962-63), 'Bôjolet et Riesling' (1964-66) and the series about the musketeers 'Fleurdelys et Patacrac' (with Vicq, 1966-68). He also worked for the Belvision animation studios and drew some short stories with 'Secret Agent O.K. 27.43' in Pilote under the pseudonym Zem.
Câline et Calebasse (Robbedoes #1649, 1969)
Mazel returned to Spirou in 1969, and launched another musketeer series, 'Câline et Calebasse'. The first run of this comical series, about a musketeer and his irascible horse, was published with scripts by Raoul Cauvin until 1977. Mazel continued to make new short stories with the characters on his own during the 1980s, although the series was now appearing under the title 'Les Mousquetaires'. He wrote and drew four long adventure serials between 1989 and 1992, that were also collected in book format.
Mazel and Cauvin continued their collaboration with 'Boulouboum et Guiliguilli', about a mini Tarzan and his gorilla, in 1975. After a couple of short stories, the duo made their first long story in 1978. The main characters were renamed to Kaloum and Kong in 1983, while the series title changed to 'Les Jungles Perdues'. Five long stories, with a bit more mature tone, followed until 1987. One more long story was published in Spirou in 2008.
In addition to his work for Spirou, Mazel worked for Studio Greg on the series 'Les As', and he made the humorous western 'Chacal Bill' in Pif under the pseudonym Mavericq. He briefly drew the far west heroine 'Jessie Jane' with a script by Gérald Frydman for Spirou in 1981. Between 1994 en 2004, he worked with Cauvin again on 'Les Paparazzi', a humorous parody on photographers for the gossip press. In 1997, he produced the album 'La Première Femme de Barbe-Bleue' for P&T Productions.
Since 2004, Mazel has devoted all of his time to painting oils on canvas and watercolors, engraving, sculpting and lang format illustrations in acryl, watercolors, and oil.