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Masters of the Ninth ArtBandes dessinees and Franco-Belgian Identity$
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Matthew Screech

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313530

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Creating Ambiguity: André Franquin's Humorous Strips

Creating Ambiguity: André Franquin's Humorous Strips

(p.52) Chapter Two Creating Ambiguity: André Franquin's Humorous Strips
Masters of the Ninth Art
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Belgian humorist Andr' Franquin, who became enormously popular in France with his strips Spirou et Fantasio and Gaston Lagaffe. While Hergé laid down the ground rules governing bandes dessinées, Franquin was the first to break them, particularly with regard to the hero. Franquin changed the hero's position and made it morally ambiguous, in contrast to Tintin, Mickey, Superman and Charlie Brown.

Keywords:   Francophone comic strips, Belgian humorist, heroes, moral ambiguity

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