Dec 17, 2007

Euro Books - Spirou and Fantasio | 12 Albums | 2007

Well, when it rains - it pours, and that seems to be the order of the day in Comics or Graphic Novels Biz in India at present.  Euro Books, the new-bies in the Biz, have come up with its next venture after Biggles, by introducing the not so famous Spirou and Fantasio characters to Indian Comics Fans.  By the outset, it looked pretty impressive line-up containing 12 titles in the series, at a price of INR 199/- each.

Spirou and Fantasio characters may be new to Indian comic fans, but by far they aren't to the Franco-Belgian or European Comics Genre.  In fact, the history of Spirou dates back to 1938, which is much before the more well-known characters to Indian Comic Fans like Lucky Luke (1946), and Asterix (1959), only overshadowed by the legacy of TinTin (which dates back to 1929).

EB S&F 01 - The Robot Blueprints and Four Other StoriesEB S&F 02 - The Wizard of CuldesacEB S&F 03 - The Black Hats and Three Other Adventures

Robert Velter (c) The series was originally created by Robert Velter (1909-1991).  Spirou, an investigative journalist, was the main character, and later was teamed with his co-adventurer and fellow reporter Fantasio. The series was later brought into mainstream by André Franquin (1924-1997), who took over the reins in 1946 and revolutionized the comic form for the characters, and went on to add another famous character "Marsupilami", to the Spirou series.  In fact the Marsupilami character was so famous that it had its own spin-off series created, and by far was instrumental in many mimic characters created all over the world.André Franquin (c) 

Indian comic fans cannot forget Kabish (a monkey with an ability to grow its tail) stories published in many children magazines across languages, which was a character influenced by Franquin's Marsupilami.  Coming back to Spirou, it shares much of its characteristics with it cousins Asterix, Tin-Tin, etc. in terms of humorous storytelling and plot creation.

The unique attire of Spirou, red bellboy uniform, was initially conceived because he was introduced as a lift operator.  But, he has retained the attire, even though the characterizations were re-written over the time, but has since become a trademark of Spirou series.

EB S&F 04 - Spirou and the HeirsEB S&F 05 - The Marsupilami RobbersEB S&F 06 - The Horn of the Rhinoceros

Franquin was known as a member of the elite club known as Gang Image-Marcinelle-Example (c) Wikipedia.orgof 4, along with Will, Jije, and Morris (Lucky Luke fame).  Together they laid the foundation for what is came to be known as Marcilleni School, which often is considered in parallel with Ligne Claire (which has been discussed in detail on our Blake & Mortimer series review at Comicology) art-form spearheaded by the rival creator-artists from TinTin magazine.

Basically, they both are more common in nature, with the major difference being the representation.  Marcilleni School tries to convey the impression of movement, while ligne claire tends to be more schematic, often relying on traditional way of picture arts with still images and scenes.

EB S&F 07 - The Dictator and the MushroomEB S&F 08 - A Head for CrimeEB S&F 09 - The Moray's Hideout

At one time Spirou series was so popular that Lucky Luke himself made his appearance as a Guest in 1946, in Spirou magazine.  So, it could be safely said that it was the trend-setter for all the Franco-Belgian comics released later. It could be further said that Spirou and Fantasio are the only Comic series which is still in publication (with different writers, and artists), wherein Tin-Tin, Asterix, and Lucky Luke have been reduced to only reprints. A detailed bio of Spirou series could be read in the Wiki link.

EB S&F 10 - Pirates of Silence and SuperquickEB S&F 11 - The Gorilla Gold AdventureEB S&F 12 - The Prisoner of Buddha

While goggling for this blog facts, I came to know that Euro Books, is indeed a subsidiary of Egmont, who are known to Indian Comic Fans with their other publications, notably Phantom series.  This explains how a relative newcomer could suddenly appear into the scene with big releases featuring famous comic characters. 

So, it's good to see Egmont, under their new brand-name, Euro Books, bringing the Spirou and Fantasio to Indian comic fans.  I have just started reading them and found them pretty interesting and humorous so far.  Enjoy Reading !!!

24 ComiComments:

Very nice, thank you, have a good day,

Happy New Year, Raqif! And best wishes for a healthy and successful 2008

Hi Rafeek,

Greetings. When you get time publish your reviews of Spirou.


Hi Rafeek,

Thanks for the updates. I already bought 2 Spirou and Fantasio comics from Starmark last week. Spirou is indeed a very popular comic character in Belgium created by eminent cartoonist Rob Vel. Later Franquin, the creator of GASTON comicstrip released a series of Spirou and Fantasio graphic novels in French which became equally popular. Credit goes to Eurobooks for bringing the opportunity to the Indian Comic lovers to go through the original Belgian comics in English for the 1st time.I personally enjoyed both the comics, also looking forward for your feedback.

Bibek :)

Well Euro books has come out with Quick and Flupke by Herge. Released 11 titles in all in India ! Plus they have released Commandocomics in a new large format (that certain best of compilations have started recently)!

Thanks to new visitors David and Bibek for visiting the blog, and recording your comments.

I have updated the blog and others just for your information.

Injun: Euro books is certainly hot on their heels. I did see Phantom Digests, Quick & Flupke, in the shops... Will be getting hold of them shortly, and will post the review later.

As far as Iznogoud titles, I don't have any ideas when they would be released. Looking at the way Tara Press's Lucky Luke series was sold out, they may not be far behind though.

Thx for the appreciation, Rafiq.
Yes I created 2-3 Comisctrips for a not so famous Belgian magazine and a Soccer website. It was a sweet and short tenure and I would say, it was just the beginning that I started appreciating European Graphic novels.

While browing I suddenly came across comicology and I just couldn't resist myself sharing 1 or 2 lines about these famous Belgian comics with you guys :)

It's really great that these wonderful stories are finally being published in English. But does anyone know of a website where I could order these? India isn't exactly within traveling distance for me.

Kilian: One problem always been with Indian Comics Publishers are that they aren't been able to go the e-way still, and their sites are poorly updated, with no online buy option. Your best bet would be to rely on a comic friend over here, who can obtain them and send you across.

Hi,, i would like to know if there has ever been made cartoons with spirou and fantasion for tv ?? and if so, does anyone know how to get them ???

Best regards ,


Yeah, there has been a TV series produced and aired throughout Europe.

By checking out the French Wikipedia, I found out there's actually been two series produced:

One in the 90's, and one in the 00's, at least the second is available, or planned for DVD release, although I'm unsure whether it would contain English sub or dub, at all...

Well, it's Good News for all the Iznogoud and Lucky Luke fans in India. Upon a note from a fellow Comicologist, I could confirm that Euro Books (who were last seen in the Graphic Novel Biz in India, with the publishing of Commando limited series) have plans to release 12 issues of Iznogoud and 24 issues of Lucky Luke, in the coming days. See here Coming Soon section of their official site.

So that makes a good wait. And I will blog about it once I obtain those editions. Stay Tuned.

Hmmm, I must comment on an error. The text says Tintin made his first appearance in 1946, actually it was already in 1929, in the propaganda title "Tintin in Soviet", published in the conservative newspaper "XXe siecle"'s children's supplement "Le petit vingtieme".

Håkan: Thanks for your return Visit and Comment. I agree, TinTin has its origin from 1929. But, the Year I mentioned in this writeup was specific to his appearance in the TinTin magazine, which was started in 1946 (which was directly in competition with Spirou magazine at the same period).

Even though, I have updated the post, to avoid any misinterpretation. Hope to see your constructive comments in other topics in this blog too.

The post has now been updated with more info on the Creators of Spirou & Fantasio. Enjoy Reading !!!


சிறப்பான தகவல்களை கொண்ட பதிவு இது.ஸ்பிரு, பண்டாசியோ,மார்சுப்பிளாமி ஆகியோரின் கதைகளை நான் படித்ததில்லை ஆனால் சில தொலைக்காட்சி தொடர்களைப் பார்த்திருக்கிறேன்.

கபிஷை மார்சுப்பிளாமியுடன் ஒப்பிட்டிருப்பது அருமை. அதே போன்று லின் கிளேர் வகைச் சித்திரங்களில் காணப்படும் உறை தன்மை மார்சிலெனிப் பள்ளி சித்திரங்களில் காணக்கிடைப்பது அரிதே. உற்சாகமும், குறும்பும் கொப்பளிக்கும் சித்திரங்கள் அவை. இவ்வகை விளக்கங்களிற்கு உங்களிற்கு அல்வா சாப்பிடுவது போல் என்றே எண்ணுகிறேன். யெல்லொ எம்மில் லின் கிளேரிற்கு உங்கள் எளிமையான விளக்கம் மறக்க முடியாத ஒன்று.

புதிய கூட்டணியில் லக்கி லூக் ஆல்பங்கள் வெளியாகவே செய்கின்றன.

ஸ்பிரு கதை வரிசை சிறுவர்களை குறிவைத்து வெளிவரும் கதைத்தொடராகும். காமிக்ஸை கண்டுவிட்டால் குழந்தையாகி விடும் உங்களை நிச்சயம் அவை திருப்திப்படுத்தும் என்பதில் ஐயமில்லை.

சினி புக் புதிய வரவுகள் வாங்கியாயிற்றா, பதிவுகள் உண்டா?

உற்சாகத்துடன் தொடருங்கள்.

ஷங்கர் அன்பரே, வாக்கு அளித்தபடி புதுப்பிக்கப்பட்ட பதிவுகளிலும் தாங்கள் கருத்தை பதிந்தமைக்கு முதலில் நன்றி.

யூரோ புத்தகத்தினர் அறிமுக படுத்தும் வரை, ஸ்பிரூ மற்றும் ஃபாண்டாசியோ தொடர்களை நானும் கேள்வி பட்டது இல்லை. ஆனால், மார்சுபிளோமி டிவி தொடரை பார்த்த நியாபகம் இருக்கிறது. மொத்தத்தில். லக்கி லூக் மற்றும் ஆஸ்டரிக்ஸ் போல எவ்வகை வயதினரும் படிக்க கூடிய கதைகள் போல் இல்லாமல், ஸ்பிரூ கதைகள் சிறுவர்களுக்காவே எழுதப்பட்டது என்பது நன்றாக புரிகிறது. மார்சிலினி பள்ளி கதாசிரியர்கள், லிக்னா கிளேரே குழுவில் இருந்து வகைப்படுத்தபடுவதற்கு இதுவும் ஒரு முக்கியமான காரணமாக இருக்கலாம். காமிக்ஸ் படிக்கும் போது உண்மையிலேயே ஒரு 10 வயது குறைந்தது போலவே நான் எண்ணுகிறேன். அதனால் ஓரளவுக்கு கதைகளில் ஐக்கியமாக முடிகிறது. :)

யெல்லோ எம் குறித்த என் பதிவை நினைவு கூர்ந்தமைக்கு நன்றி. காமிக்ஸ் காதலரை திருப்தி படுத்தும் அளவுக்கு என் பதிவு இருந்தது எனக்கு பெருமையே :)

கிட்டதட்ட 15 புத்தகள் சினிபுக் 2009 படயலாக இந்தியா வந்தடைந்து, கூடவே என்னுடைய பர்சுக்கும் வேட்டு வைத்து விட்டது. ஒவ்வொன்றும் ஒரு ரகம். விரைவில், அவைகளை வரிசையாக விமர்சிக்கிறேன், எப்போதும் போல உங்கள் ஆதரவுடன்.


வாட்ச்மேன் போஸ்டர் அட்டகாசம், உங்கள் கனவு வீட்டின் இடத்தை பிடித்துவிட்டார்களே. வெள்ளியன்றே படத்தை பார்த்து விடுவீர்களா. இங்கு நேற்றே வெளியாகி விட்டது வார இறுதியில் தான் பார்க்க வேண்டும்.

யெல்லோ எம் பற்றிய உங்கள் முன்னொட்டத்தால் தான், நான் பிளேக், மார்டிமரை படித்தேன் உங்கள் முன்னோட்டம் இல்லாவிடில் அது பெரும்பாலும் நடந்திருக்காது, அருமையான கிளாசிக்குகள்.

நீங்கள் வாங்கிய 15 புத்தகங்கள் என்ன என்று தான் கூறுங்களேன். ஸ்கார்பியோனை ரசிப்பீர்கள் அதற்கு நான் உத்தரவாதம்.வான் ஹாமின் பிளேக் மார்டிமர், சுமார் ரகமே[பிரான்சிஸ் பிளேக் விவகாரம்]. அல்டெப்பிரான் உங்களிற்குப் பிடிக்கலாம். சற்று ஏமாற்றம் அடையவும் வைக்கும் கதையது. மற்றவை எவை என்று நீங்கள் கூறாவிட்டால் தெரியாது. நான் மேற்கூறிய ஆல்பங்களில் 2 ஆல்பங்கள் பற்றிய பதிவு ரெடியாகி விட்டது. இருப்பினும் உங்கள் பதிவுகளின் ரசிகன் நான் என்பதால் உங்கள் பங்கிற்கு நீங்களும் பதிவிட வேண்டுமென இப்போதே அன்புடன் கேட்டுக் கொள்கிறேன்.

உற்சாகத்துடன் தொடருங்கள்.

ஷங்கர் அன்பரே: உங்கள் கேள்விகளுக்கான என் பதிலை புதிய பதிவில் இடுகிறேன். இங்கு : :)

There are 50 books of spirou published. There are also 4 special issues and 5 one shots.

@ ERB: Yeap, Spirou is like TinTin when it comes to Franco-Belgian era, and even overshadowing it in terms of numbers. No wonder they competed toe-to-toe in two rival comics magazines named after them.

You would be happy to know that CineBook has recently started publishing Spirou also in their line-up. I am eager to see them hit the stands in India, which may happen in a month or so.

ஷங்கர் அன்பரே: உங்கள் கேள்விகளுக்கான என் பதிலை புதிய பதிவில் இடுகிறேன். இங்கு : :)

Hmmm, I must comment on an error. The text says Tintin made his first appearance in 1946, actually it was already in 1929, in the propaganda title "Tintin in Soviet", published in the conservative newspaper "XXe siecle"'s children's supplement "Le petit vingtieme".

Hi,, i would like to know if there has ever been made cartoons with spirou and fantasion for tv ?? and if so, does anyone know how to get them ???

Best regards ,


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