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Éric Maltaite

(b. 23/2/1958, Belgium)

421, by Eric Maltaite

Éric Maltaite learned the comic trade from his father, Willy Maltaite, the comic artist better known as Will. After brief appearances in Tintin and BideVision, he started out helping his father on some of the ‘Tif et Tondu’ stories. Eventually, in 1978, he teamed up with his father’s scenarist, Stephen Desberg, to start working on his own comics. After humorous series like ‘Jules et Gil’ and ‘La Famille Hérodius’, Maltaite and Desberg came up with the espionnage series ‘421’, starring special agent Jimmy Plant (a name derived from Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant).

421 Scotch Malaria, by Eric Maltaite

The graphics of the series were at first strongly influenced by the humorous style of Will. Eventually, the artwork turned more realistic, as did the scenarios. In the mid-1980s, Maltaite also started a collaboration with Denis Lapière to start the exotic series ‘Mono Jim’, at first published in L’Écho des Savanes. After quiting ‘421’ and their affiliation with publisher Dupuis in 1992, Maltaite and Desberg continued their collaboration at P & T Productions with the series ‘Carmen Lamour’.

Carmen Lamour, by Eric Maltaite

Maltaite reappeared in Spirou with ‘Nationale Zéro’ (scripts by Janssens, 1995) and ‘Dédé et Dédé’ (scripts by Jean-Michel Thiriet, 1997). In 1999 he also returned to L’Écho des Savanes with erotic stories like ‘Robinsonne, la Naufragée’ and ‘1001 Nuits de Schéhérazade’, both published in album by Albin Michel. Together with Jean-Pierre Autheman, Maltaite created the action mini-series ‘Zambada’, published by Glénat from 2001. Éric Maltaite lives and works in Spain. In 2006, he returned to the humorous genre with ‘Les Campeurs’, a series scripted by Dugomier and published by Bamboo.

Zambada, by Eric Maltaite


Stephen Desberg

(b. 10/09/1954, Belgium)

Billy the cat, artwork by Stéphane Colman
artwork by Stéphane Colman

Stephen Desberg is a successful comics writer in both the humorous and the realistic genre. He creates fantastic atmospheres, and he often criticized subjects like fascism and racism. After some scriptwork for Tintin, Desberg assisted Maurice Tillieux on the scriptwriting for ‘Tif et Tondu’ by Will in Spirou. After Tillieux’s death, Desberg continued the scenario work for this series on his own. Soon he expanded his activities for the Spirou magazine and created series with Benn (‘Mick Mac Adam’), Stéphane Colman (‘Billy the Cat’), Eric Maltaite (‘421’), Marc Hardy (‘Arkel’) and Daniel Desorgher (‘Jimmy Tousseul’).
In 1987 he wrote ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’ for Johan de Moor at Casterman, followed by ‘La Vache’ in 1992. The latter was continued under the title ‘Lait Entier’ at Lombard in 2001. In the 1990s Desberg took on some more “grown-up” comics with Will (‘La Vignt-Septième Lettre’, ‘L’Appel de l’Enfer’), published in the Aire Libre collection of Dupuis and by P&T Productions. After ‘421’, Desberg and Maltaite continued their cooperation with ‘Carmen Lamour’ at P&T Productions. With Bernard Vrancken, Desberg produced several short stories for À Suivre as well as the series ‘Le Sang Noir’ and ‘I.R.$’. Desberg also began collaborations with Dany (‘Equator’ at Lombard), Enrico Marini (‘L’Étoile du Desert’ at Dargaud Suisse), Philippe Wurm (‘Le Cercle des Sentinelles’ at Casterman) and Henri J. Reculé (‘Le Crépuscule des Anges’ at Casterman).
In October 2000 Desberg started ‘Le Scorpion’ with Enrico Marini. At the publishing house Glénat, he began series like ‘Les Immortels’ (with Reculé) and ‘Tosca’ (with Francis Vallès), both in 2001. In 2003, came the SF comic ‘Mayam’ with Daniel Koller at Dargaud, and in 2005 followed ‘Rafales’ with Vallès at Lombard.