Paape (1920-2012) entered the world of comics through animation. In 1942, he joined the animation studio CBA, where he met André Franquin and Morris, who introduced him to Dupuis publishers. He started as an assistant to the famous Jijé on his ambitious comic series ‘Emmanuel’, and took over ‘Valhardi’ from his mentor in 1946. He was affiliated with the Belgian association World Press Syndicate, and worked with Victor Hubinon. Along with Jijé, Hubinon was a big influence on Paape’s early style. Paape started his first original series ‘Marc Dacier’ in Spirou in 1958. After leaving Spirou in 1966, he joined Tintin. There, he created his most famous comic ‘Luc Oriëntʼ, based on script by Greg, and many other successful series.
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