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France is experiencing troubling times …

The monarchy has just been toppled

and replaced by the terror regime

of the French Revolution.

Against this historical background

Three Breton men:

Yann, Le Guenn and Kerbeuf,

discover three mysterious maps.

The maps indicate a hidden treasure,

Somewhere in a place in the Atlantic Ocean.

After many wanderings however, 

a third party appears  who is looking for the treasure :

Napoleon Bonaparte,

He who likes to become Emperor…


Félix Molinari

(30/11/1930 – 9/2/2011, France)

Les Tigres Volants, by Félix Molinari
Les Tigres Volants

Félix Molinari was one of the main artists for the publishing house Impéria and its predecessor Le Siècle from the late 1950s to the mid 1980s. Born in Lyon, he began his comics career in 1947 with ‘L’Aigle des Mers’ and ‘La Caravane Héroïque’, two comic adaptations of movies. For the so-called “Petit Formats” (pocket books) published by Impéria, Molinari created such serials as the World War II adventure comic ‘Garry’ (1948-86), the superhero ‘Super Boy’ (1958-86) and ‘Tora’ (1972-86). In addition, he produced ‘Appelez Magnolia 2’ and other stories for Targa, ‘L’Équipe de Chanzy’ in Crampon (1986-87) and illustrated all the covers of the ‘Jet Logan’ book.

Superboy, by Félix MolinariSuperboy, by Félix Molinari

By the 1980s, Molinari was focusing on advertisement and cover illustrations. In the 1990s Molinari, started the series ‘Les Héritiers d’Orphée’ with Philippe Aubert for Soleil, as well as the saga ‘Les Tigres Volants’ with Richard Nolane. Also for Soleil, he worked with scripwriter Jean-Yves Mitton on ‘Les Survivants de l’Atlantique’ (1997) and the aviation series ‘Le Dernier Kamikaze’ (2006). Félix Molinari passed away in February 2011, at the age of 80.

Garry by Felix Molinari

Félix Molinari, 1930-2011

imageVarious French-language comics sites are reporting the death on February 9 of veteran artist Félix Molinari. He was 80 years old.

Molinari was born in Lyon in 1930. His family had fled to France from Italy, fearing Mussolini. Like many lifelong comics artists, Molinari drew well and copiously from an early age. As was the case with many career artists that came of age in the 1940s, Molinari was deeply inspired by the work of the newspaper strip cartoonist Milton Caniff. He briefly attended school at the Beaux-Arts de Lyon.

He began working in comics as a teenager. His adaptations of L’Aigle des Mers and La Caravane Héroique appeared in 1947. He created the World War II Pacific Theatre adventure comic serial Garry in 1948; that feature would run — initially in 12-page bursts and with the scripting of Robert Baggage — until 1986 and provide the content for over 20 books. A superhero strip named Super Boy started about ten years later and also lasted into the mid-1980s, while a run of strips about the Flying Tigers ran in the magazine Tora from 1972 to 1980, generating five albums.

By the time he began Super Boy, Molinari had established himself as one of the fields workhorse artists, and for the next three decades was an anchor for the pocket-book publisher Imperia. As an artist he may have been best known for a black and white technique that eschewed pen and/or pencil for brush right from the start. One estimate of his work load in his most prolific periods claimed 200 stories of 10-60 pages in length over the course of 23 years.

As his career progressed, Molinari found more time for advertisement work, while in comics his talents as an illustrator drove him into doing more cover work. Byt the late 1980s, some biographies have him leading comics altogether for a combination of commercial illustration and packaging design work. He would return to comics in 1992, and work through at least the middle of the last decade. Molinari worked on a variety of series with different writers in the 1990s, mostly for Soleil: Les Heritiers d’Orphee (with Philippe Aubert), Les Tigres Volants (Richard Nolane), Les Survivants de l’Atlantique (Jean-Yves Mitton) and what was his last major series, Le Dernier Kamikaze (again with Mitton).

Molinari suffered from vascular difficulties for about a month preceding his death. Although one report mentions in passing that Molinari was married, none of the pieces I’ve read talk about survivors.

Jean-Yves Mitton

(John Milton, Jym)

(b. 11/3/1945, France)

Vae Victis, by Jean-Yves Mitton
Vae Victis

Jean-Yves was born in Toulouse and studied Fine Arts in Lyon. After completing his studies, he found employment in the retouching studio of Lug publishers. Here, he discovered American and Italian comics. His first series, ‘Sammy Sam’, was published from 1965 in magazine Pim, Pam, Poum, Pipo. For this series, he took on the penname Jym. Next, he took over the series ‘Pugacioff’ from the Italian artist Giorgio Rebuffi in Maxi Pipo, which was later illustrated by Amouriq and Yves Chantereau. He also created the little indian ‘Plume’.

L'Archer Blanc by Jean-Yves Mitton
L’Archer Blanc

With scenario writer Navarro, he made series like ‘Oum le Dauphin’, based on the television series, and ‘Blek le Roc’ (‘Il Grande Blek’). For this last series, he changed from a humorous to a realistic style. He was additionally a productive cover artist for the Lug publications. Under the pseudonym John Milton, he worked for Nova, where he made several comics with superheroes like ‘The Silver Surfer’, ‘The Fantastic Four’ and ‘Spider-man’.

Mikros by Jean-Yves MittonMikros by Jean-Yves Mitton

In 1980, he started the saga ‘Mikros’ in Mustang and Titans, and made a comic adaptation of the television series ‘Blackstar’. Continuing his work on superheroes, he illustrated stories with ‘Cosmo’ and ‘Photonik’, and created ‘Epsilon’ and ‘Kronos’.

The Phantom by JY Mitton
The Phantom – Hoogan’s Revenge

Starting in 1987, he associated himself with François François Corteggiani, with whom he made ‘l’Archer Blanc’ and ‘Noël et Marie’. In 1988 he began to draw stories with ‘The Phantom’ for the Swedish Fantomen comic book. He also drew the back-up comic ‘Herman Storm’, written by Eirik Ildahl.

Chroniques Barbares, by Jean-Yves Mitton
Chroniques Barbares

From 1989 to 2004, Mitton took over ‘De Silence et de Sang’ from Marc Malès at publisher Glénat (scripts by Cortegianni). Next, he began a series about the Gaulish-Roman time: ‘Vae Victis’ with Simon Rocca (Soleil, 1991-2006) and a comic about pirates, ‘Les survivants de l’Atlantique’ (Soleil, 1992-2003). Between 1994 and 2000, he produced his series ‘Chroniques Barbares’, a saga about a tribe of vikings, for Soleil Productions. Additionally, he has made ‘Quetzalcoatl’ for Glénat since 1997.

Quetzlqoatl, by Jean-Yves Mitton

As a scriptwriter, he has worked with Frank Bonnet (‘Attila… mon amour’, published by Glénat since 1998), Michel Rodrigue (‘Les Truculentes Aventures de Rabelais’, published by Hors Collection in 2001-02), Georges Ramaïoli (‘Colorado’, published by Carpe Diem since 2003) and Félix Molinari (‘Les survivants de l’Atlantique’ from book 4, and ‘Le Dernier Kamikaze’, published by Soleil since 2006). For the advertising agency Jet Stream, Mitton scripted ‘Papoose’ for artist Franck Chantelouve in 2002. Between 2008 and 2010 he made four books in the historical series ‘Ben Hur’ for Delcourt.

Ben Hur by Jean-Yves Mitton
Ben Hur #4