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By Bob de Moor

Cori, de scheepsjongen

Cori is a comic strip drawn and written by Bob De Moor, and mainly edited by Casterman. There appeared 5 stories about Cori for the Dutch East India Company and works with his sea voyages in all sorts of adventures.”Cori” is in some sense The Moors masterpiece. The stories are set in the 16th and 17th centuries in the zeevaardersmilieu causing his passion for the sea and shipping beautiful reflected1 the invincible Armada part 1: the spies of the Queen2 the invincible Armada part 2: the Zeedraak3 course for the gold4 the doomed Voyage5 Dali Capitain (finished by his son Johan De Moor after his death)Under the flag of the company was a black/white re-issue of “course for the gold”.



A ship’s boy is a boy of about 12 to 17 years, who works on a ship as a Jack of all trades. With regard to a country like the Netherlands came this in shipping from before the 20th century. The labour legislation prohibits the deployment of young children since the children’s wetje of van Houten. Girls as sailors have always been unusual.
 Ship’s boys in fiction
Ship’s boys are very common in boys books, such as in ship size Woeltje of k. Norel and De scheepsjongens van Bontekoe. Often the stories about intelligent guys from ordinary families in a port city who dream of distant lands and therefore to the sea. At school they get problems and therefore often also work. Eventually they are old enough and they go to sea. They are first known what plagued by older persons on board, but the skipper found their quick spirit and has big plans with them. Immediately or after a number of smaller travel makes the ship’s boy a “big trip” to the Gold Coast, Brazil, America or India, where him and his ship a “major disaster”. Eventually, they know the dangers to overcome and reverses the boy, become mature and sophisticated, back to his parents.
Of course this image pretty romanticized. Usually, intelligent guys knew better than to the East to sign up. And their parents would otherwise try them to a school, or to learn a profession. The deckhand was standing at the bottom of the ship’s hierarchy and all had to accept orders from anyone. The ship’s boys were often in the beginning even more or less ontgroend by the older sailors, which is undoubtedly more will be gone than boys books mention (if they say something about there already). The crew also consisted often rapalje: criminals who tried to escape their condemnation or figures who did not want to do what was right in society. The v.o.c. men needed and was not picky. Yet there is at least one famous example: the later Admiral Michiel de Ruyter started at the age of eleven as hoogbootsmansjongen and was on his fifteenth all non-commissioned officer.
On larger travel shared also the ship’s boy in the misery that the schepelingen: scurvy struck, injured by a Spanish bullet or homegrown spear, malnutrition, infectious diseases. Life at sea was monotonous and nasty. Whom the East pulled if lucky and had to again. It was no wonder that many esablished no longer wanted or after delays on a tropical island no longer wanted to come on board.
 Popular novels and books
Cori, the ship’s boy, a strip of Bob De Moor
De scheepsjongens van Bontekoe “, a children’s book of Johan Fabricius (1922)
Ship size Woeltje, a children’s book of Klaas Norel from 1948
Treasure Island, novel by Robert Louis Stevenson from 1883
Paddeltje; The ship’s boy of Michiel de Ruyter, children’s book by Johan h. Leg from 1908.
With Pieter Pikmans from the inlets, children’s book of g. Hollow from 1915, second printing in 1935, 3rd ed. in 1969.
Pedro of the Santa Maria, children’s book of Florence l. Barclay
The deckhand, youth novel by John Boyne, 2008, ISBN 9789089900012
Krijn Rope; The ship’s boy of Abel Tasman, children’s book of G.K. de Wilde (pseud. of G.K. Dreijer) from 1927.

Bob de Moor

Born Robert Frans Marie De Moor
20 December 1925(1925-12-20)
Antwerp, Belgium
Died 26 August 1992(1992-08-26) (aged 66)
Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Area(s) artist, writer
Notable works The Adventures of Tintin
Johan et Stephan
Awards full list

Bob de Moor is the pen name of Robert Frans Marie De Moor (Antwerp, 20 December 1925 – Brussels, 26 August 1992), a Belgian comics creator. Chiefly noted as an artist, he is considered an early master of the Ligne claire style.[1] He wrote and drew several comics series on his own, but also collaborated with Hergé on several volumes of The Adventures of Tintin.



Bob de Moor started drawing with pencil at three or four. Living in a port town, he developed a strong interest for drawing sailing ships which carried into his professional career with his Cori series and other work.[2] Following studies at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts, De Moor started his career at the Afim animations studios.[1] His first album was written in 1944 for “De Kleine Zondagsvriend”.[3] Beginning in March 1951, starting with Destination Moon, he began a collaboration with Hergé on Tintin albums and Tintin-related material which included extensive work on sketch studies, backgrounds, layout, and ultimately animated films. His co-worker Jacques Martin is quoted as saying that de Moor had an extraordinary facility to adapt himself to the style of others [4]. This manifested in a seamless integration with Hergé’s style, as well as in him being asked on occasion to complete the work of other artists.


Cover of L’enigmatique monsieur Barelli (1956) one of de Moor’s most notable solo projects

Series Remarks
Johan en Stefan / Johan et Stephan 9 volumes0
De raadselachtige meneer Barelli / L’énigmatique monsieur Barelli 8 volumes
Cori de Scheepsjongen / Cori le Moussaillon 6 volumes
Professeur Troc / Monsieur Tric 3 volumes
De avonturen van Nonkel Zigomar / Les aventures d’Oncle Zigomar0 6 volumes

Titles cited in Bob de Moor biography in “Coup de chapeau a Bob de Moor”, Tintin magazine, supplement to Issue 171, 1979:

  • 1949 Le Vaisseau Miracle
  • 1949 Guerre dans le Cosmos, Ed. Coune
  • 1950 Le Lion de Flandre, Ed. Deligne
  • 1950 L’Enigmatic Monsieur Barelli, Ed. du Lombard
  • 1950 Monsieur Tric, Ed. Bédéscope
  • 1951 Les Gars des Flandres, Ed. Bédéscope
  • 1951 Conrad le Hardi, Ed. Bédéscope
  • 1952 Barelli à Nusa-Penida
  • 1959 Les Pirates d’eau douce
  • 1964 Balthazar
  • 1966 Barelli et les agents secrets, Ed. du Lombard
  • 1971 Le Repaire du loup, Ed. Casterman
  • 1972 Barelli et le Bouddha boudant, Ed. du Lombard
  • 1973 Bonne Mine à la mer (Barelli), Ed. du Lombard
  • 1974 Barelli et le seigneur de Gonobutz
  • 1978 Cori le Moussaillon: Les Espions de la Reine, Ed. Casterman


  1. ^ a b Lambiek Comiclopedia. “Bob de Moor”.
  2. ^ Bourdil, Pierre-Yves and Tordeur, Bernard: “Bob de Moor. 40 ans de bande dessineée, 35 ans au côtés d’Hergé”, pp. 14-5, Editions du Lombard, 1986
  3. ^ Coup de chapeau a Bob de Moor, Tintin magazine, 1978
  4. ^ Bourdil, Pierre-Yves and Tordeur, Bernard: “Bob de Moor. 40 ans de bande dessineée, 35 ans au côtés d’Hergé”, pp. 91, Editions du Lombard, 1986

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