Born of Edgar Pierre Jacobs’ imagination during the post-WWII period, Professor Philip Mortimer, nuclear physicist, and Captain Francis Blake, dashing head of MI5, are legendary heroes of the 9th art. The author, a close relative of Hergé, appreciated the excessive and the astonishing that could be found within the scope of scientific invention; his heroes, very much ahead of their time, discover extraordinary objects and phenomena through their uncommon adventures. Before devoting himself exclusively to them, Edgar Pierre Jacobs collaborated with Hergé and took part in the realization of “Tintin in the Congo”, “Tintin in America”, “The Blue Lotus”, “King Ottokar's Sceptre", "The Seven Crystal Balls", and the "Prisoners of the Sun".
Following Jacobs' death, his incomplete second volume of "Professor Sato's Three Formulae" was finished by his friend Bob De Moor and later the series was continued by two author/illustrator teams alternating albums, the first lead by Jean Van Hamme with Ted Benoît (and later René Sterne, Chantal De Spiegeleer and Antoine Aubin) and the second by Yves Sente with André Juillard. To date, 14 of the 20 albums have been translated and published into English by Cinebook, however it should be noted that the stories are published out of their original order, leading to inconsistencies and plot holes.