After having successfully completed his studies in applied art, Michel Blanc-Dumont (1949) worked with his father for three years as a restorer, improving his knowledge of old fine arts techniques and styles. During this period, he became increasingly interested in the Wild West, particularly Native Americans, and started to draw his first comics. The first works he published were various Indian legends and posters. His first comic followed in 1974, when he created ‘Jonathan Cartland’, a western series, for Lucky Luke Magazine in collaboration with scriptwriter Laurence Harlé. Revolutionising the genre, which had been caught in tradition and Italian parodies, the series was a huge success and is still considered one of the best in its genre thanks to its perfectionist artwork and a powerful script. In 1991, together with the famous Michel Greg, Blanc-Dumont created ‘Colby’, a detective series set in America in the 1940s. In 1997, he took over ‘La Jeunesse de Blueberry’, another western, but this time set during the American Civil War.
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