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I've told you before that I'm a member of The Comic Board and occasionally I get called to the rescue. And that was good, because now that I can't go to the fairs with Soofje anymore, I re-read a lot of comics, but I think I've already reread almost all of them again..
This week I was sent a nice package asking if I could tell you which comic it was and who the creator was, and more importantly, if I wanted to repair the pages. From the packaging came a piece or twenty original drawings. For some, the concept of drawings was a very optimistic concept. Apparently, the draughtsman had not always been happy with his artwork and had cut out his opinion picture and exchanged it for a new picture. Especially in the first episodes there was plenty of change. By the end, it rarely happened.
The exchanged pictures were put in place with adhesive tape and the adhesive strength of the stuff had become a lot less.. Actually, it stopped sticking at all and there was a variegated collection of loose drawings on the table. After an hour of housework, the pages looked like the artist intended them. And the great thing was that on the back there were also drawings that had never been used before and as a comic book lover I can only dream of.
The style reminded me a lot of Olivier Blunder, if only because of the big noses. Suddenly I understood why the drawings were sent to GNEP, because GNEP refers to this kind of drawing style, the big noses. And this was a wonderful example. Fortunately, there was one useful clue — it said in which Pep number it had been. Only it didn't say what year. And what draughtsman was it? Now I could have run straight to the attic and gone through ten years of Pep, but I liked it better by a detour. The comic book was about a downright theater club and a king. Furthermore, on the back it was seen that the original version was in French. With that already a lot of draughtsmen fell off. But not enough.
www.Pepsite.nl gave nothing recognizable but there are more places, where collectors like me described the content of comic books quite in detail. As www. mmoree.home.xs4all.nl where all the illustrators are listed and then find out if King Yaroslav is listed. And he stands there with the title Het Lompentheater. The story comes from 1972 and is made by Verli, a.k.a. Hubert Verlinden, who comes from Belgium. The unsurpassed Comiclopedia law to tell something more about him. And so I had a very nice afternoon with my favorite pastime, the comic book world.