From our continental correspondent – when we were very young (even though others were slightly less so)

Published On December 1, 2009 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Continental Correspondent

Here’s a little something from the past that should be cherished.  In 1978, Pierre Culliford, born in 1928 as the son of an expatriate Brit and better known as Peyo, celebrated his 50th birthday.  To honour that occasion, Yvan Delporte, the legendary editor of Spirou Magazine (and subject of a new, wonderful book by Christelle and Bertrand Pissavy-Yvernault), brought together some of Peyo’s colleagues and created a very zany home movie.

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It’s a must for any Eurocomics fan, as the short clip features Liliane and André Franquin, Jean Roba, Tibet and even F’Murr singing a song and going through some silly stop-motion routines.  Thirty years on, this movie was discovered on the Spirou site last August by the Belgian comic and graphic design collective Coiffeurs Pour Dames (remember them?), who promptly mentioned it on their Tchac Tchac blog.  It’s an MP4 file, and encoding is a little dodgy at times, but it’s quite a sight to see.

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Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk’s chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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