Sus et Flup (Spirou #21, 1939)

Joë Muray, pseudonym of Raymond de Meulenaere, was one of the earliest local contributors to the Belgian comics magazine Spirou, along with Rob-Vel, Fernand Dineur and Jijé. He is generally referred to as "Joe Murray", but the actual spelling is with one "r". Author Frans Lambeau mentions in his book 'Dictionnaire Illustré de la Bande Dessinée Belge sous l'Occupation' (André Versaille Éditeur, 2013) that Joë Muray was a pen name of Joë Ceurvorst and that his real name was Joseph Demuelenaere. It is possible that the author used Muray to sign his more caricatural work and Ceurvorst for his realistic and journalistic work, but more clarity on this matter would be welcome.

Header for the K.O. Corrigan serial, credited to Muray but attributed to Ceurvorst

Muray was the author of a comics serial about two adventurous kids called Sus and Flup. It ran as a text comic in issues 14 through 43 of 1939, and was presented as a "report by Joë Muray". Muray also illustrated the text serial 'K.O. Corrigan', based on a story by Anthony Ford in a translation by editor-in-chief Jean Doisy. The subsequent book publication by Dupuis had at least a cover illustration by F. Vanhamme.

Ohio by Joe Muray

Muray was also present in the first two years of Fernand Cheneval's comic book 'Héroïc Albums', with the comic strip ("film") about 'Ohio' (1945-1946), a little black kid who leaves his village in search of fortune. The strip is clearly a product of its time, with a stereotypical depiction of the title hero. In the very first strip the title is 'Ohio, the little nigger', but this is changed to 'Ohio, the little negro' from the second installment.

Ohio, by Joe Muray

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