Journal tintin. EO 1965. Lefranc. The Borg mystery. Casterman. Winter. Alps. Snow. Vintage skiing. Venice. Comic sixties.

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Lefranc: The Borg Mystery

Jacques Martin


Original edition 1965

Good condition despite slightly rubbed corners and back (see photos)

Writings on the back and 4th plate (see photos)

Very clean interior (see photos)

BDM value: 350 euros

Third album of this series created in 1952 in the JOURNAL TINTIN, THE BORG MYSTERY, takes up the theme of a planetary threat present in the first 2 albums.
Journalist Lefranc tries to arrest Axel Borg linked to a mysterious virus that affected a Swiss village. While the village was quarantined, Lefranc chased Borg from the Swiss mountains to the canals of Venice.

The magnificent snow scenery, the winter alpine atmosphere, the ski chases, the ambushes in Venice, the clear, precise and realistic drawings make this album one of the classics of Franco-Belgian comics.

Jacques Martin (1921-2010) worked from 1946 for the weekly BRAVO!
In 1948, he joined Le JOURNAL TINTIN where he rubbed shoulders with HERGÉ and E.P. JACOBS.
In 1948 he created the ALIX series (period of Roman antiquity), then in 1952 the LEFRANC series.
In 1953 he joined the HERGÉ studios and participated until 1972 in the scenarios and sets of 5 TINTIN albums (L'Affaire tournesol. Coke in stock. Tintin in Tibet. The jewels of the Castafiore. Flight 714 to Sidney)
At the same time he continues his own creation and some albums of ALIX create controversy about the supposed homosexuality of his hero.
In addition, in the midst of the Algerian war, the albums LA GRIFFE NOIRE and LES LÉGIONS PERDUES were banned in France for incitement to hatred and violence.

In the early 80s, J. MARTIN will be interested in other historical periods. With JHEN for the Hundred Years War, ARNO for the Napoleonic era and ORION whose action takes place in ancient Greece.
From 1992, almost blind, J. MARTIN abandons drawing to devote himself to scenarios.
In total he contributed to the creation of 120 albums published in 20 million copies and translated into 15 languages.

His mastery of technical drawing, especially in the architectural style, combined with the historical accuracy and epic aspect of his albums make him one of the masters of the style of the clear line and a giant of classic comics.

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