Une Exposition De Peinture Au Chateau, by Raoul Thomen (Le Jeudi de la Jeunesse, 5/3/1908)
'Une Exposition De Peinture Au Chateau', Le Jeudi de la Jeunesse, 5 March 1908.

Raoul Thomen was an early 20th-century Belgian comic artist, influenced by Charlie Chaplin, like many comic artists of his time. The first Chaplin-inspired comics appeared in England, and it was Thomen who introduced them in France. Raoul Thomen was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and settled in France in 1898. His early work appeared in La Plume from 1899, followed by contributions to L'Illustré National, La Jeunesse Moderne, La Vie de Garnison, L'Épatant, Almanach National, Pêle-Mêle, Lili, Midinette and Boum!.

Charlot by Raoul Thomen
'Les Aventures Acrobatiques de Charlot'.

In 1921, Thomen created his Chaplin inspired series 'Les Aventures Acrobatiques de Charlot' in Cri-Cri, and continued it until 1939 in Boum!, L'As and L'Épatant. The comics were collected in fifteen albums by the publisher Offenstadt between 1926 and 1938. After World War II, several artists continued the series, like Pierre Lacroix, Mat and Jean-Claude Forest.

Bulles de Savon, from Lili by Raoul Thomen 1920
'Bulles de Savon' (Lili, 1920).

Other notable creations by Raoul Thomen are 'Thomas Picook, Détective', which he created under the pseudonym Harry Narth in L'American Illustré in 1907, as well as the poetic 'Blanche-Neige' and 'Madame j'Ordonne' in Fillette from 1938. During the War, he drew for Montsouris (some strips in Lisette and Pierrot), Del Duca and Éditions Mondiales.

La Jeunesse de Marius by Thomen
'La Jeunesse de Marius'. 

Thomen also produced a large quantity of comics for Éditions Gordinne, including 'Le Petit Poucet' and 'Marius'. 'Marius' was later reprinted in the Belgian magazine Wrill (1945-1949) and has even been translated into Dutch and appeared in album form with the title 'Slimme Piet'.

Slimme Piet, by Raoul Thomen
'Slimme Piet', the Dutch-language version of 'Marius'. 

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