Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Les Pieds Nickelés: Early 1900s French Comics

By Louis Forton:

In 1908, he became the leading artist of L'Épatant, a magazine that had just been launched by Offenstadt. He created numerous covers, illustrations, but also the legendary 'Pieds Nickelés'. The exploits of the three vagabonds Riboulingue, Filochard and Croquignol were an immediate success, and several book collections of this "anarchist" strip, that gave comments on aristocrats and political figures of the time, followed from 1915. Apparently, Forton wasn't drafted during the Great War, but he did send his characters to the battlefield, letting them deal with the "Boches" (nickname for Germans) and even their "Kaiser" in person.

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