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De Schorpioen

The Scorpion is a Franco-Belgian comics series written by Stephen Desberg, illustrated by Enrico Marini and published by Dargaud in French and Cinebook in English.


 1. Summary


The story takes place in Rome during the second half of the eighteenth century. Cardinal Trebaldi decides to reinstate the power of the nine families, based on papacy. Armando Catalano, also known as The Scorpion, is a holy relics dealer. He is the son of a heretic who was burnt alive for misdirecting a priest from the church and Christian beliefs. Armando, the bearer the “mark of the devil”, a birthmark in the shape of a scorpion, will challenge the cardinal’s authority. The cardinal, who seems to be filled with hatred for The Scorpion, sends a young gypsy specialized in poisons to kill him.

The adventures of the Scorpion lead him to the treasure of the Templars and to discover an interpretation of what might have happened to it. Between fiction and history, this comic distills Machiavellian theory on religious authority.


These albums are published by Dargaud.

  1. La marque du diable – oct. 2000
  2. Le secret du Pape – oct. 2001
  3. La croix de Pierre – nov. 2002
  4. Le Démon au Vatican – Apr. 2004
  5. La vallée sacrée – nov. 2004
  6. Le trésor du Temple – oct. 2005
  7. Au Nom du Père – nov. 2006
  8. L’ombre de l’Ange – nov. 2008
  9. Masque de la Vérité – aug. 2010

English Translation

Since August 2008, Cinebook Ltd has been publishing The Scorpion. Four albums have been released so far:

  1. The Devil’s Mark (includes The Pope’s Secret) ISBN 9781905460625 – Aug. 2008
  2. The Devil in the Vatican (includes The Stone Cross) ISBN 9781905460908 – May 2009
  3. The Holy Valley ISBN 9781849180290 – Apr. 2010
  4. The Treasure of the Templars ISBN 9781849180467 – Aug. 2010

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Stephen Desberg

Born Stephen Desberg
10 September 1954 (1954-09-10) (age 57)
Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Area(s) writer
Awards full list

Stephen Desberg (born 10 September 1954 in Brussels) is a Belgian writer of comics. In 2010, he was the 10th bestselling author of comics in France, with 412,000 copies of all his comics together sold that year.[1]


Stephen Desberg was born in Brussels in 1954 as the third child of an American lawyer from Cleveland and a French mother who taught him French at the Sorbonne after the Liberation of Paris. They settled in Brussels when Stephen’s father became responsible for the distribution of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films in Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands.[2] After finishing college two years late, he studied law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, but didn’t finish his studies.[2]

His youth was mainly dominated by American movies, but he also enjoyed the weekly comics magazine Spirou with series like Buck Danny or the works of Raymond Macherot. He only discovered the authors who published in the main competitor Tintin much later. He became a regular at the comics shop of Michel Deligne, who also republished classic comics and a fanzine. After Desberg published his first work here, Deligne introduced him to Maurice Tillieux, one of the major authors of Spirou at the time. At first, he offered some ideas and synopses to Tillieux for series like Jess Long and Tif et Tondu, but he eventually moved to full scenarios for Tif et Tondu, drawn by Will. He started working for a number fo other Spirou authors, including Benn, Pierre Seron, Raymond Macherot and Eric Maltaite (the son of Will).[2]

His first success came in 1980 with Billy the Cat, drawn by Stéphane Colman. He also created 421 with Eric Maltaite, in 1983 Arkel with Marc Hardy, and in 1988 Jimmy Tousseul with Daniel Desorgher. Despite all this, he was simultanoeously but unsuccessfully trying to become a professional musician.[2]

By the mate 1980s, he moved from the young adolescent comics more towards the adult comics and graphic novel market, with 2 comics with Will and a series with Johan De Moor, the son of Bob De Moor, for Casterman, his first move away from publisher Dupuis. After some more short-lived series and collaborations, he started IR$ with Bernard Vrancken. In 2000 starts Le Scorpion with Enrico Marini. Both series became a considerable success.[2] In the following decade, Desberg started a considerable number of new series with multiple artists and publishers, making him by 2010 one of the major writers of contemporary Franco-Belgian comics.


  • Tif et Tondu, 1978, 1 album, art by Will, Dupuis
  • Envahisseurs sur Janus, 1981, 1 album, art by Xavier Musquera, Michel Deligne
  • Les Centaures, 1982, 1 album, art by Pierre Seron, Dupuis
  • Mic mac Adam, 1982–2000, 6 albums, art by Benn, Dupuis and Fleurus
  • 421, 1983–1992, 11 albums, art by Eric Maltaite, Dupuis
  • Arkel, 1985–1993, 4 albums, art by Marc Hardy, Dupuis
  • Gaspard de la nuit, 1987–1991, 4 albums, art by Johan De Moor, Casterman
  • Le jardin des déirs, 1988, 1 album, art by Will, Dupuis
  • Jimmy Tousseul, 1989–2000, 12 albums, art by Daniel Desorgher, Dupuis
  • La 27e Lettre, 1990, 1 album, art by Will, Dupuis
  • Billy the Cat, 1990–2003, 8 albums, art by Stéphane Colman, Dupuis
  • la vache, 1992–1999, 8 albums, art by Johan De Moor, Casterman
  • L’Appel de l’enfer, 1993, 1 album, art by Will, P&T Productions
  • Carmen Lamour, 1993, 1 album, art by Eric Maltaite, P&T Productions
  • Equator, 1994, 1 album, art by Dany, Dargaud
  • Jess Long, 1994, 1 album, art by Arthur Piroton, Dupuis
  • L’étoile du désert, 1996, 2 albums, art by Enrico Marini, Le Lombard
  • Le Sang Noir, 1996–1998, 4 albums, art by Bernard Vrancken, Le Lombard
  • Le Crépuscule des Anges, 1998–1999, 2 albums, art by Henri Reculé, Casterman
  • Le Cercle des Sentinelles, 1998–2000, 4 albums, art by Philippe Wurm, Casterman
  • IR$, 1999-…, 12 albums, art by Bernard Vrancken, Le Lombard
  • Le Scorpion, 2000-…, 9 albums, art by Enrico Marini, Dargaud
  • Lait entier, 2001–2002, 2 albums, art by Johan De Moor, Casterman
  • Tosca, 2001–2003, 3 albums, art by Francis Vallès, Glénat
  • Les Immortels, 2001–2005, 5 albums, art by Henri Reculé, Glénat
  • Mayam, 2003–2007, 4 albums, art by Daniel Koller, Dargaud
  • Le Dernier Livre de la Jungel, 2004–2007, 4 albums, art by Johan De Moor and Henri Reculé, Le Lombard
  • Rafales, 2005–2008, 4 albums, art by Francis Vallès, Le Lombard
  • Black Op, 2005-…, 6 albums, art by Hugues Labiano, Dargaud
  • Cassio, 2007-…, 4 albums, art by Henri Reculé, Le Lombard
  • Empire USA, 2008, 6 albums, collective work (with a.o. Enrico Marini, Henri Reculé, Griffo), Dargaud
  • Sienna, 2008-…, 2 albums, art by Chetville, Bamboo
  • Ange & diablesses, 2009, 2 albums, art by Marc Hardy, Dupuis
  • IR$ – All Watcher, 2009-…, 6 albums, art by various artists, Le Lombard
  • Sherman, 2011, 2 albums, art by Griffo, Le Lombard



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Enrico Marini

Enrico Marini (born August 13, 1969) is an Italian comics atist.

Famous works include Gipsy with writer Thierry Smolderen and Le Scorpion with writer Stephen Desberg.




Marini was born at Liestal (Switzerland) and studied graphic arts in the School of Fine Arts of Basel.


Les dossiers d’Olivier Varèse

  • 1990 : T.1 La colombe de la place Rouge, scénario Marelle, éd. Alpen Publishers
  • 1992 : T.2 Bienvenue à Kokonino World,scénario Thierry Smolderen, éd. Alpen Publishers
  • 1992 : T.3 Raid sur Kokonino World,scénario Thierry Smolderen, éd. Alpen Publishers
  • 1993 : T.4 Le parfum du magnolia,scénario Georges Pop, éd. Alpen Publishers


  • 1993 : T.1 L’étoile du Gitan,scénario Thierry Smolderen, éd. Alpen Publishers
  • 1994 : T.2 Les feux de Sibérie,scénario Thierry Smolderen, éd. Les Humanoïdes Associés
  • 1995 : T.3 Le jour du Tsar,scénario Thierry Smolderen, éd. Les Humanoïdes Associés
  • 1997 : T.4 Les yeux noirs,scénario Thierry Smolderen, éd. Dargaud
  • 1999 : T.5 L’aile blanche,scénario Thierry Smolderen, éd. Dargaud
  • 2002 : T.6 Le rire Aztèque,scénario Thierry Smolderen, éd. Dargaud

L’Étoile du désert

  • 1996 : L’Étoile du désert T.1,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 1996 : L’Étoile du désert T.2,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 1999 : Carnet de Croquis, éd. Dargaud

Les Héritiers du Serpent

  • 1998 : Les Héritiers du Serpent,scénario Exem, éd. Suzanne Hurter


  • 1998 : Rapaces 1,scénario Jean Dufaux, éd. Dargaud
  • 2000 : Rapaces 2,scénario Jean Dufaux, éd. Dargaud
  • 2001 : Rapaces 3,scénario Jean Dufaux, éd. Dargaud
  • 2003 : Rapaces 4,scénario Jean Dufaux, éd. Dargaud

Le Scorpion

  • 2000 : T.1 La marque du diable,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 2001 : T.2 Le secret du Pape,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 2002 : T.3 La croix de Pierre,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 2004 : T.4 Le Démon au Vatican,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 2004 : T.5 La vallée sacrée,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 2005 : T.6 Le trésor du Temple,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 2006 : T.7 Au Nom du Père,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 2007 : H.S. Le procès scorpion,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud
  • 2008 : T.8 L’ombre de l’ange,scénario Stephen Desberg, éd. Dargaud

Les Aigles de Rome

  • 2007 : T.1 Livre I, scénario et dessin Enrico Marini, éd.Dargaud
  • 2009 : T.2 Livre II, scénario et dessin Enrico Marini, éd.Dargaud


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