Léonard by Turk
Léonard (Sjors en Sjimmie Stripblad #3, 1992)

Born in the smallest city of the world, Durbuy, Philippe Liégeois (Turk) began his career with the Brussels-based lettering studio of the publishing house Dupuis at the age of 16. He eventually began a longtime cooperation with Bob De Groot. Turk started out assisting De Groot on '4 x 8 = 32, L'Espion Caméléon', a series published in Pilote and written by Fred in 1968. That same year, they created 'Archimède' in the mini-books section of Spirou magazine.

They joined Tintin in 1969, and began their first big series, 'Robin Dubois'. It became one of their best known creations that was collected in book format by Lombard and Dargaud between 1979 and 1998.  In the early stages of their collaboration, Turk and De Groot cooperated on both artwork and scenario. But eventually, De Groot took on most of the writing duties, while Turk focused on the artwork.

Robin Dubois by Turk
Robin Dubois (Kuifje #23, 1982)

In 1970, they took over the 'Clifton' series from Jo-El Azara. Turk continued the series, originally created by Raymond Macherot, with De Groot until 1984. In addition, Turk drew the backgrounds of 'Le Club des Peur-de-Rien' for Tibet in Chez Nous Junior from 1972 to 1976. He also cooperated with Dupa and Greg on 'Alice au Pays des Merveilles', published by Lombard in 1973.

Robin Dubois, by Turk

Turk drew various gag series for several magazines, such as 'Roro' in Junior and 'Buzz et Toby' in Le Soir. In 1975, Turk and De Groot created their second big series, 'Léonard', in Achille Talon Magazine. This comic spoof on Leonardo da Vinci became very popular in The Netherlands through its publication in Eppo. In France, the series was also published in Pif and in book format by Dargaud, Appro and Le Lombard since 1977. 

In 1980 he and De Groot were some of many Belgian comic artists to make a graphic contribution to the book 'Il était une fois... les Belges'/'Er waren eens Belgen' (1980), a collection of columns and one-page comics, published at the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Belgium. Turk also contributed to 'Les Enquêtes de leurs Amis' (Soleil, 1989), a collective tribute album to Maurice Tillieux' hero detective 'Gil Jourdan'.

Between 2007 and 2009 Turk worked with Clarke on another humorous series for Lombard, 'Docteur Bonheur', while he also supervised the new gags starring 'Robin Dubois' drawn by Ludo Borecki and Miguel Díaz Vizoso.

On 11 September 2015 'Léonard' received his own comic book mural in the Rue des Capucins/ Capucijnerstraat in Brussels, as part of the Brussels' Comic Book Route. 

Leonard by Turk
Léonard (Sjosji #3, 1998)

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