Jehan Niguedouille, by Al Peclers
Jehan Niguedouille

Alexis Peclers made his debut with the daily strip 'Tchantchès', which started in the Liège newspaper La Légia on 8 July 1940. This strip, about a Walloon folkloric character, was forbidden by the Germans in 1941. 'Tchantchès' then appeared in three albums, published by Charles Gordinne (Chagor) from 1942. In addition, Peclers was present at the publishing house Roya Bruges, where he made albums 'Les Aventures de Jolliker' and 'L'Or du Foumouala', using the signature J. B. Stone. In the early 1940s he was also one of the illustrators for Spirou's aviation section, edited by Georges Troisfontaines (Georges Cel). He signed his work for Spirou with "Pec".

Peclers was one of the main contributors the Chagor magazine Wrill from its first issue in 1945. He drew a variety of series, such as 'Roger la Bagarre', about a soldier in the British army, as well as the more comical 'Jehan Niguedouille', 'Texas Jim' and 'Timothée'. Most of these works were also published in albums. From 1947, he was also present in Cap'taine Sabord with 'Galma la Cité Perdue' and 'Talmouf'.

Roger la Bagarre, by Al Peclers

In 1948, he moved to the Belgian colony Congo, where he began his own magazine, called Tam-Tam (later renamed to Congo Soir). Twelve years later, he fled from Congo because of the civil war and settled in Spain, where he became hotel director. He finally settled in France in 1967, and spent his final years working as a caricaturist and painter, together with his son.

Texas Jim, by Al Peclers
Texas Jim

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