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Death of Bob de Groot, genius comic book writer, creator of “Léonard” – Libération

The Belgian author died this Friday, November 17 at the age of 82. In addition to the comic character inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, he scripted several adventures of “Lucky Luke” and “Rantanplan”.

He was one of the pillars of what we still call Franco-Belgian comics. Comic strip author Bob de Groot died this Friday, November 17 in Ottignies, Belgium. He was 82 years old. If his name is less known than those of Hergé, Morris or Peyo, he gave life to a number of characters. To start with Leonardby far his most successful series.

Genius ideas are sometimes born by accident. Unintentionally gave birth to a genius. In 1974, Bob de Groot was already a recognized screenwriter of the Tintin’s Diary, then led by Greg. Alongside the designer Turk, he developed the series there Robin Dubois, a parody of the adventures of the famous vigilante of Sherwood Forest. During one of these adventures, Bob de Groot reveals an old inventor, named Leonardo (in reference to Leonardo da Vinci), who invented the parking meter in the Middle Ages.

46 “Leonard” albums

The character appeals to Greg, who is currently on the rise Achille Talon Magazine. At his request, Bob de Groot deepened the concept for a comic series: Leonardo and his suffering disciple Basile were born! They will have a good life: Bob de Groot and Turk will release 46 albums together Leonard published by Lombard. Since 2016, the series has continued with Zidrou on the screenplay.

Born in Brussels in 1941, Bob de Groot became interested in comics at a very young age. He publishes his first mini-story in the newspaper Spirou at the age of 21, then published strips in various Belgian dailies. He will also be the assistant of Maurice Tilleux (the creator of Gil Jourdan). “Far from limiting himself to humorous comics, he multiplied collaborations in all genres and left behind a plethora of work commensurate with his tireless desire to write”, describes Lombard in the press release announcing his death. Among the legendary characters that de Groot had the chance to script at one point in his career: Lucky Luke (The One Armed Bandit, Marcel Dalton, the Painter), Rantanplan (in its dedicated series) or even Modest and Pompom.

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