Edgar Pierre Jacobs

    Person » Edgar Pierre Jacobs is credited in 128 issues.

    Jacobs was a close friend and collaborator of Georges "Hergé" Remi and assisted him in re-drawing the old "Tintin" albums. In 1946, Jacobs created his own comic, "Blake & Mortimer". It became a huge success and secured Jacobs' place among the great European comic-book artists.

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    Edgar Pierre Jacobs last edited by jacdec on 01/21/22 09:09AM View full history

    Séries principalesdeàRôle
    (Catalogues) Expositions1987
    (Recueil) Bédémix1989
    Blake et Mortimer (Divers)19992020
    Blake et Mortimer (Les Aventures de)19902015
    Blake et Mortimer (Les aventures de) (Historique)19501977
    Blake et Mortimer (Publicitaire)19942001
    Rayon U (Le)1967
    Souvenirs du vingtième siècle1983
    Tintin (Historique)19461949
    Tintin - Pastiches, parodies & pirates2008
    Trésor de Tout-Ankh-Amon (Le)1995
    Blake and Mortimer (The Adventures of)19862016
    Blake e Mortimer (Aventuras de) (en portugais)19701991
    Blake e Mortimer (Diversos)2016
    Blake e Mortimer (en italien)2000
    Blake en Mortimer (Diverse)20142017
    Blake en Mortimer (Lombard Collectie)19501977
    Blake en Mortimer (Uitgeverij Blake en Mortimer)1990
    Blake und Mortimer (Carlsen Classics)19861987
    Blake und Mortimer (Die Abenteuer von)19781991
    Raio U (O)1978
    Rayon U (Le) (en portugais)1978
    U straal (De)1974

    Edgar Pierre Jacobs was born on March 30, 1904 in Brussels. He developed a passion for drawing and music very early on. After doing a few odd jobs, he worked in advertising. At the same time, from 1921, he became an extra at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. On August 25, 1922, the future opera singer signed his first artist contract alongside Mistinguett for the Grande Revue du Casino de Paris. On August 29, 1929, the baritone received the first grand prize for singing. He will be hired just after, as an opera singer, at the Lille Opera. In 1940, he had to give up the stage because of the Second World War, something he would regret all his life. The "baritone of the ninth art" would therefore become famous in food graphic works (advertising, catalogs, press) which would lead him to other "boards", those of the Comic Strip, derisory in his eyes, which nevertheless would ensure a diva glory. In 1941, he joined the newspaper "Bravo". After a few illustrations for various tales, short stories and novels, he was entrusted, in 1942, with the revival of "Flash Gordon", this American saga drawn by Alex Raymond no longer reaching Belgium. He does it happily, but German censorship bans the series a few weeks later. In 1943, Jacobs produced a new science fiction comic strip entitled "Le Rayon U". Until July 1946, he collaborated with "Bravo". Meanwhile, he meets Hergé. The latter entrusts him, from 1944, with the coloring and decoration of his albums. He undertook corrections, formatting and coloring of "Tintin in the Congo", "Tintin in America", "Ottokar's Scepter" and "Blue Lotus". He also works on the "Treasure of Rackham the Red", the "Seven Crystal Balls" and the "Temple of the Sun". This collaboration will bind the two men with a deep (and rival) friendship which culminates in the aftermath of the war when Jacobs does not hesitate to play the club to defend Hergé against the purifiers of another kind of "collaboration". In September 1946, Hergé invited his friend to participate in the launch of the newspaper "Tintin". On September 26 of that year, in a number 1 now sought after as a piece of treasure, appeared the first page of the "Secret of the Swordfish". The adventure of our three immortal heroes: Blake (inspired by his great friend Jacques Laudy), Mortimer (inspired by his other great friend Jacques Van Melkebeke) and Olrik (inspired by Jacobs himself) begins. The latter, colonel and monocled gangster, is the incombustible prince of evil fought by two knights of the historical and scientific order: the emeritus flight captain Francis Percy Blake, head of "MI5", blond and phlegmatic Welsh, and his "good old fellow", Professor Philip Edgar Angus Mortimer, fiery bearded redhead (born in India), specialist in nuclear physics as well as molecular biology. In 1947, Jacobs abandoned his collaboration with Hergé and from then on devoted himself almost exclusively to his own series in which he took his very British Heroes through multiple and perilous adventures. After having won, thanks to the Swordfish (a revolutionary flying submarine), the Third World War led by the diabolical colonel on behalf of the Yellows (Hiroshima, in 1946, is not yet a remorse ...), Blake and Mortimer will not pierce "The Mystery of the Great Pyramid" (beginning of publication on March 24, 1950) until after a new confrontation, in Egypt, with Olrik,... who will come out of it, inevitably, but so dilapidated that he will become the remote-controlled slave of a mad scientist in "The Yellow Mark" (beginning of publication on August 6, 1953), sowing terror in London, where fortunately Blake and Mortimer watch. The latter will let their favorite enemy escape only to better find him in the bowels of the Azores, antico-futurist theater of "The Enigma of Atlantis" (beginning of publication on October 19, 1955). The fight then moves to France for three rounds. First in the Paris region where "S.O.S. Meteors" (beginning of publication on January 8, 1958) reigns a dog weather that owes nothing to nature. Then to La Roche-Guyon, where the "Diabolic Trap" (beginning of publication on September 22, 1960) of a time machine is set, destination: prehistory, the Middle Ages and the 1st century... everyone goes down. And return to Paris through the catacombs to settle once and for all the "Affaire du Collier" (beginning of publication on March 23, 1965), which has plagued the Republic since Marie-Antoinette. It was in Japan that, in the 1970s, Jacobs had chosen to make his magnificent trio live a new adventure "The Three Formulas of Professor Sato" (beginning of publication in 1977, Jacobs having started working on this story 10 years earlier), which he felt would be the last for him. He was so tired, so disillusioned, that he dragged his pencil too long over half-white sheets. And only delivered, ten years before his death, the first part of this stringy story of clones and cybernetic dragons. Eight years later, in 1981, Jacobs wrote his Memoirs, published by Gallimard editions under the title "A Paper Opera", subtitled "The Memoirs of Blake and Mortimer". Although he wrote the script for the second volume of Professor Sato's Three Formulas, it nevertheless remained graphically unfinished when he died in 1987. His great friend, the Flemish cartoonist Bob de Moor (the pope of the clear line), will devote to putting into images the ethereal concluding scenario left by his friend Edgar, which will appear in 1990 ... because you all know it, Edgar Pierre Jacobs left us ... on February 20, 1987. Despite everything and unlike Hergé with Tintin, Jacobs wanted his heroes to endure ... it's done ... Texte ©


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