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By Jacques Martin


Orion is a series of historical comic rooted in Greek Antiquity created by Jacques Martin in 1990 while he was in conflict with the publishing house Casterman for the management of his work. Christophe Simon provided a portion of the drawing of the second volume and that of the third (1996-1998). Marc Jailloux took over the character in 2011.
1 Published titles
1.1 Orion
1.2 Orion travel
2 Documentation
Published titles
 Jacques Martin, the sacred Lake, Bagheera, 1990, reissued by Casterman.
Jacques Martin and Christophe Simon (drawing from page 31), the river Styx, Orix, 1996, reissued by Casterman.
Jacques Martin (scenario) and Christophe Simon (drawing), the Pharaoh, Dargaud, 1998, reissued by Casterman.
Marc Jailloux, the Oracles, Casterman, 2011
The travel of Orion
 these educational albums devoted to Mediterranean antiquity were conceived by Jacques Martin, the preface, but are written by specialists and illustrated by from draughtsmen of the workshops of Martin. These five volumes were reprinted between 1996 and 1999 in the Alix travel series, of which they form the first numbers.
Pierre de Broche (drawing), Greece 1, two roosters of gold, 1990.
Rafael Morales (drawing), Egypt 1, Orix, 1992.
Gilles Chaillet (drawing), Rome 1, Orix, 1993.
Pierre de pin (drawing), the Greece 2, Orix, 1994.
Gilles Chaillet (drawing), Rome 2, Orix/Dargaud, 1995.
 “Jacques Martin and Orion are rediscovering the splendour of the ancient world,” Hello BD No. 153, 1992
Stéphane Jacquet, “Orion 20 years”, on Alixmag’, September 12, 2010

Jacques Martin

Born 25 September 1921(1921-09-25)
Strasbourg, France
Died 21 January 2010(2010-01-21) (aged 88)
Brussels, Belgium
Nationality French
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller
Pseudonym(s) Jam, Marleb
Notable works Alix


Jacques Martin (25 September 1921 – 21 January 2010) was a French writer and artist of comics. He was one of the classic artists of Le Journal de Tintin magazine, alongside Edgar P. Jacobs and Hergé, of whom he was a longtime collaborator. He is best known for his series Alix. He was born in Strasbourg.



After being initially forced into engineering studies as a young man, Jacques Martin began in 1942 to draw his first comic stories. In 1946, following the end of the War, he travelled through Belgium in search of an editor for his work. Soon afterwards he met Georges Remi (aka Hergé) with whom he collaborated on several albums of The Adventures of Tintin (and more specifically on Tintin in Tibet and The Red Sea Sharks) while working on his own albums. It was from Hergé that he learned of the ligne claire style and, under Hergé’s guidance, began to use it in his own work. He would later be considered one of the great five of the ligne claire style, along with Hergé, Edgar P. Jacobs, Bob de Moor and Willy Vandersteen.[1]

In 1948, he created Alix, his most famous series, published in the magazine Tintin, whose adventures – extremely-well researched – occur in Roman antiquity. This historic comic soon became one of the most popular of the genre and went on to be published in several countries worldwide.

The story Le spectre de Carthage won the award for best French realistic comic book at the 1978 Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Martin went on to create other characters, beginning with the contemporary journalist Lefranc in 1952. Much later he created others in collaboration with various partners, namely the medieval architect Jhen (initially entitled Xan) in 1978, the French revolutionary officer Arno in 1984, the Athenian Orion in 1990, and the Egyptian Keos in 1992.[2] In 2003, he also started a new series – Loïs set in the court of Louis the sun king of France.

In 1998, due to failing eyesight, Martin left the drawing of Alix to Rafael Morales.[2] Alix continues running with great success. Martin died on 21 January 2010.[3]



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Name Martin, Jacques
Alternative names  
Short description  
Date of birth 25 September 1921
Place of birth Strasbourg, France
Date of death 21 January 2010
Place of death Brussels, Belgium