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Marcel Jeanjean: “La Belle Histoire De Leuk Le Lievre”

#1 · Posted: 8 Jan 2012 02:52
While in Senegal I bought an Elementary school course book called La Belle Histoire De Leuk Le Lievre by L. Senghor and A. Sadji, illustrated by Marcel Jean Jean.

I was attracted to the book as the drawings were in the style of Herge, line and colour and style of his moon period. First printed in 1953, I think Senghor was a President or something of Senegal.

The characters are African animals, the main one a hare or rabbit.

Is anyone familiar with the artist, Marcel Jean Jean?
#2 · Posted: 8 Jan 2012 12:43
He’s actually Marcel Jeanjean (written as all one word), and there is a short biography of him over on Lambiek.net.

I’ve got to say that while I don’t think he was particularly “clear-line” in style, some of his work does show a clarity found in many illustrators of the period. His career was quite long, and quite prolific, so I’m not sure that he was influenced by Hergé, so much as that they probably shared similar influences.

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