from L'Intrepide

Not much is known about the man behind the signature J. L. Rochelle. He was an artist who worked on both realistic and caricatural comics from the 1940s through the 1960s. Rochelle's work first appeared in the publications of Editions Mondiales in the 1940s and 1950s. He drew 'Kick Harris' in the Del Duca collection Fantôme in the 1940s. This same Rochelle also produced short (photo) comics, game pages and the strip 'Pitt et Roky' for L'Intrépide, the magazine of the same publisher in the late 1950s.

from L'Intrepide
photo comic from L'Intrépide

He made game pages and illustrations for Coeurs Vaillants from 1950 to 1955, including ones with the characters 'Tic et Tac' (1954-1955). Rochelle also worked for magazines of the publishing house Fleurus in the 1950s. For about 13 months in 1955 he illustrated the front cover of Fripounet et Marisette magazine, and also made an adventure of 'Gil et Mahé Poufrinet'. He drew strips with a character called 'Inspecteur Nécreux' in Tintin in 1952, followed by the short story 'L'Anneau d'Athanase 1er' in the following year. Between 1962 and 1964 he returned in the magazine's pages with editorial illustrations.

Tic et Tac by JL Rochelle

Rochelle is often confused with the cartoonist Rol (Roland Venet), but there is no relation. Although there is a similarity of styles, and both artists frequently made game pages, the Venet family strongly doubt that their father worked under this pen name.

cover by JL Rochelle
Tintin covers from 1953 and 1963

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