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Yakari #1 (1977)
Publication information
Publisher Le Lombard (French)
Cinebook (English)
Format Ongoing series
Genre Graphic Novel
Number of issues 35 (in French)
7 (in English)
Creative team
Writer(s) Job (André Jobin)
Artist(s) Derib (Claude de Ribaupierre)
Creator(s) Derib & Job

Yakari is a Franco-Belgian comic book series, aimed at a younger audience, written by (the Swiss francophone) Job and illustrated by (the Swiss francophone) Derib.

The books have been translated into at least 17 languages including English, German, Scandinavian languages, Finnish, Breton, Indonesian, Polish, Chinese, Turkish, Arabic, Inuktitut and Catalan etc. Yakari has (on two occasions, 1983 and 2005[1]) been adapted to a cartoon series on television.


Yakari is a young Sioux Native American who has the particularity to be able to understand and speak animal languages. During his adventures, he meets all sorts of North American animals. His best friends are a girl Sioux, “Rainbow”, and his pony “Little Thunder“. He has a totem animal, “Great Eagle“, wo frequently appears to him to give him critical advice.

The setting is the North American Great Plains, mainly. Horses have already been introduced by the Spanish, but there is no mentioning of white man whatsoever in the series. (In one book, there’s even a mention by an old tribesman that there’s a mystery how the horse came to the land, and that it hasn’t always been there.) It can therefore be assumed that Yakari’s adventures take place after the 15th century, but long before the settling rush in the late 18th/19th century.



  • Yakari : the main character.
  • Rainbow : a Sioux girl and Yakari’s best friend. She accompanies him on his adventures more frequently as the series progresses.
  • The-One Who Knows : chief and shaman of Yakari’s village, and one of the first persons to understand that Yakari has a rare gift.
  • Little Big-Shot : a Sioux boy and friend of Yakari’s, who dreams of becoming a great hunter.
  • Slow Motion : a man from Yakari’s village. As his name points out, he is very slow.
  • No-Wai-Waiki (Great-Heap-Big-Pile-Plenty-Lazy-Bones): a man from Yakari’s village. He is extremely lazy and unfit, and spends the day lying in front of his tipi and smoking his pipe.
  • Tranquil Rock : a sage from Yakari’s village.
  • Bold Gaze : Yakari’s father. At first quite sceptical about his son’s claims that he can talk to animals, he is eventually convinced that his son does indeed have a special gift.
  • Braid Night : Yakari’s mother, who is skilled in healing lore.
  • Strained Bow: a crazy wandering warrior who is obsessed with hunting and bringing down the rarest and most unusual of animals. He has clashed with Yakari on several occasions and considers him to be his most personal enemy.


  • Great Eagle : a great bald eagle and Yakari’s totem who aids Yakari with his wisdom and advice.
  • Little Thunder : a white-and-black checkered poney, who is Yakari’s steed and closest friend.
  • Nanabozo : a rabbit capable of doing magical feats, and Rainbow’s totem. He has revealed himself to Rainbow and Yakari on numerous occasions and taken them on educative journeys, including a trip into prehistoric times.
  • Double Teeth : a beaver and artist.
  • Tilia : a young beaver, practical joker and adventurer.
  • Wild Rose Plant : a beaver, and Tilia’s mother.
  • Rough Bark : a beaver, and Tilia’s father.
  • Thousand Mouths : a beaver and builder.
  • Wood of a Bed : a beaver and a serious sleeper.
  • The Grizzly: originally a tyrannical bully, he has since learned humility and is now one of Yakari’s friends.
  • Snowball, a white-furred baribal.

Animals in the series

In the course of the series, Yakari encounters (and often befriends) members of any animal species found on the North American continent. These include (but are as yet not limited to):


  1. Yakari (Dargaud, 1973)
  2. Yakari et le bison blanc (Casterman, 1976)
  3. Chez les Castors (Casterman, 1977)
  4. Yakari et Nanabozo (Casterman, 1978)
  5. Yakari et le grizzly (Casterman, 1979)
  6. Le secret de petit tonnerre (Casterman, 1981)
  7. L’étranger (Casterman, 1982)
  8. Au pays des loups (Casterman, 1983)
  9. Les Prisonniers de l’Ile (Casterman, 1983)
  10. Le grand terrier (Casterman, 1984)
  11. La toison blanche (Casterman, 1985)
  12. Yakari et le coyote (Casterman, 1986)
  13. Yakari et les seigneurs des plaines (Casterman, 1987)
  14. Le vol des corbeaux (Casterman, 1988)
  15. La rivière de l’oubli (Casterman, 1989)
  16. Le premier galop (Casterman, 1990)
  17. Le monstre du lac (Casterman, 1991)
  18. L’oiseau de neige (Casterman, 1992)
  19. la barrière de feu (Casterman, 1993)
  20. Le diable des bois (Casterman, 1994)
  21. Le souffleur de nuages (Casterman, 1995)
  22. La fureur du ciel (Casterman, 1996)
  23. Yakari et les cornes fourchues (Casterman, 1997)
  24. Yakari et l’ours fantôme (Casterman, 1998)
  25. Le mystère de la falaise (Le Lombard, 1999)
  26. La vengeance du carcajou (Le Lombard, 2000)
  27. Yakari et longues-oreilles (Le Lombard, 2001)
  28. Le chêne qui parlait (Le Lombard, 2002)
  29. Le réveil du géant (Le Lombard, 2003)
  30. Le marcheur de nuit (Le Lombard, 2004)
  31. Yakari et les Appaloosas (Le Lombard, 2005)
  32. Les Griffes de l’Ours (Le Lombard, 2006)
  33. Le marais de la peur (Le Lombard, 2007)
  34. Le retour du lapin magicien (Le Lombard, 2008)
  35. L’escapade de l’ourson (Le Lombard, 2009)

English Version

  1. Yakari and Great Eagle, 2005, ISBN 190546004X
  2. Yakari and the White Buffalo, 2005, ISBN 1905460058
  3. Yakari and the Beavers, 2006, ISBN 1905460090
  4. Yakari and the Grizzly, 2006, ISBN 1905460163
  5. Yakari and the Stranger, 2007, ISBN 9781905460274
  6. Yakari in the Land of Wolves, 2008, ISBN 9781905460298
  7. Yakari: The Island Prisoners, 2009, ISBN 9781849180108
  8. Yakari and the White Fleece, 2010, ISBN 9781849180559
  9. Yakari and the Coyote, 2011, ISBN 9781849181013


  1. ^ Internet Movie Database:Yakari

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English: Derib

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Born Claude de Ribaupierre
August 8, 1944 (1944-08-08) (age 67)
La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Notable works Yakari
Go West
Buddy Longway
Awards full list

Derib (born Claude de Ribaupierre on August 8, 1944, in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland)[1] is a Swiss francophone comics creator, one of the most famous in Europe, who started his professional career at Peyo‘s studio. He is probably best known for his Western comics such as the children’s comic Yakari, and the more mature works Buddy Longway and Celui-qui-est-né-deux-fois (He-who-was-born-twice). He draws in both a realistic style, and a cartoon style (similar to other Franco-Belgian cartoonists, such as Peyo, Albert Uderzo etc. inspired by the Marcinelle style), with a fondness for drawing majestic landscapes of the American West. Many of his major works feature Sioux Native Americans in leading roles, and he has stated in interviews that he holds great admiration for the tribe.[citation needed]



  1. ^ De Weyer, Geert (2008) (in Dutch). 100 stripklassiekers die niet in je boekenkast mogen ontbreken. Amsterdam / Antwerp: Atlas. p. 214. ISBN 9789045009964

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Job in 2009 at the ‘O Tour de la Bulle’ comic strip festival of Montpellier in France.
Born André Jobin
October 25, 1927 (1927-10-25) (age 84)
Délémont, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Notable works Yakari

Job (born André Jobin on October 25, 1927) is a Swiss francophone comics creator. He is probably best known for his western children’s comics series Yakari, of which he has written the scenario since 1973.


André Jobin was born in Delémont, Switzerland. He became a journalist and founded Le Crapaud à lunettes in 1964, a magazine for children.

In 1967, he met Derib and hired him. In 1967 they publlished The Adventures of the Owl Pythagore together.

In 1969, he created the series Yakari, drawn by Derib.

In 1991, he is awarded by the Sierre festival for his whole work.


  • The adventures of Pythagore (4 albums)
  • Yakari (37 albums)