The comics writer Yvan Delporte (EN) passed away on March 5, 2007. He was the editor-in-chief of Le Journal de Spirou (Spirou), a Belgian magazine, between 1955 and 1968 during a period considered by many the golden age of Franco-Belgian comics.
He also produced an immense amount of stories for several artists during this period, like ‘Saki’ for René Hausman, ‘Alain Cardan’ for Gérald Forton, ‘La Ribambelle’ by Jean Roba and ‘Starter’ by Jidéhem. Most memorable was his collaboration with h Peyo, which gave the world the tribe of famous blue good-natured dwarfs, ‘Les Schtroumpfs‘ (‘The Smurfs‘), and the introduction of ‘Gaston‘, at first in the editorial sections and later in the gag strip by André Franquin. […]
Along with André Franquin he was responsible for Le Trombone illustré in 1977, the legendary supplement of Spirou containing more adult comics. Notable series that appeared in this supplement were ‘Idées noires‘ by Franquin, and ‘Arnest Ringard’ by Frédéric Jannin, with scripts by Franquin and Delporte.
More about Yvan Delporte and Spirou:
– Hommage à Yvan Delporte: a beautiful homage with illustrations, pictures and texts at the forum of Spirou site.
– InediSpirou: a site for fans, with 400 unpublished pages of Spirou comics.
– La mémoire du journal de Spirou: the series, authors, publications and some illustrations of Spirou at the BD Oubliées site.
– Le Monde article: Yvan Delporte, scénariste et ancien rédacteur en chef de "Spirou"
– Libération article: “Spirou”, un magazine orphelin.
– The complet list of Yvan Delporte collaborations for Spirou magazine.
– The official site of Spirou – Le laboratoire Ultramoderne d’humour webdomadaire.