September 26, 2008
Raymond Macherot, 1934-2008
The highly-regarded Belgian cartoonist Raymond Macherot, a major contributor to that comics industry's golden age of anthology magazines and the creator of several successful series, died early this morning
. Among his creations were Chlorophylle
, and Sibylline
. He was 74 years old.
Macherot was born in Verviers. Although he trained to be a painter and also at one time wanted to become a journalist, he eventually became an illustrator and cartoonist. His biography at Lambiek.net notes that his first foray into cartooning were gags in an approximation of Virgil Partch's popular style that he submitted to the comedic magazine Pan
under a pseudonym.
Macherot joined Tintin
in 1953, serving as both writer on Fred Funcken's Le chevalier blanc
and as an illustrator/cover artist. His first series came a year later with Chlorophylle
was a funny animal feature that helped establish Macherot's reputation as one of the more skilled cartoonists to ever work in that area of comics. He would continue exploring that creative terrain with his Croquefredouille
stories, which shifted the setting from the country to the city. In 1959 he created another of his signature works, the detective series Clifton
. Both Chlorophylle
would be continued by other authors with varying degree of success.
In 1964, Macherot left Tintin
, where at first he worked on the abortive Chaminou
series. It lasted for only one story, Chaminou et le Khrompire
, but was eventually revived by several artists in the 1990s including Macherot himself. Its reputation exceeds the series' publishing success. Macherot's next project, Sibylline
, better resembled his previous work and was more of a hit for the publisher and cartoonist. That series would end in 1990 when the cartoonist initially retired, and in 2006 be revived -- under Macherot's watchful eye -- by Andre Taymans.
Among those with whom Macherot collaborated were Paul Deliege (as writer on Sibylline
), Olivier Saive, Rene Goscinny, Raoul Cauvin, Yvan Delporte, Berck and Will. The last two did gag panel work with characters spun off of Macherot's series.
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