Yves Swolfs is a Belgian comic artist and scenarist, who was worked in a great variety of genres. He studied both Literature and journalism before joining Claude Renard's Atelier R at the Institut Saint-Luc in his birth city Brussels. His first comic stories appeared in the atelier's magazine Le Neuvième Rêve in 1978. Upon gradution, he started out doing commercial assignments and illustrations, before creating the western comic 'Durango' for the publishing house Éditions des Archers in 1980. The series, inspired by spaghetti westerns and Clint Eastwood, was later continued at Dargaud, Alpen and Les Humanoïdes Associés until 1998. Swolfs revived the series at the publishing house Soleil in 2006, but handed over the art duties to Thierry Girod.

Prince de la Nuit, by Yves Swolfs
'La Prince de la Nuit'.

In 1987 and for Vécu magazine, Swolfs created the historical series 'Dampierre', situated during the War in the Vendée and the French Revolution. In 1991, Swolfs handed over the graphic part of the series to Éric for one episode, before Pierre Legein took over in 1994. Also in 1991, Swolfs took a stab at the fantasy genre with 'Le Prince de la Nuit', a vampire series set in 1930s Paris. Six books appeared until 2001.

La Prince de la Nuit by Yves Swolfs
'La Prince de la Nuit'.

As a writer, he created the western series 'Black Hills 1890' for Marc-Renier (Glénat, 1999), the post-apocalyptic 'Vlad' for Griffo (Lombard, 2000) and the thriller 'James Healer' for Giulio De Vita (Lombard, 2002). In 2003 he created the medeival heroic fantasy series 'Légendes' for Soleil Productions. Yves Swolfs is also a musician in the rock groups Lazare and Wolf Gang.

In 1990 Swolfs paid graphic tribute to François Walthéry in the collective homage book 'Natacha. Special 20 Ans' (Marsu Productions, 1990), which celebrated the 20th anniversary of Walthéry's series 'Natacha'.

Legende by Yves Swolfs

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