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Opinion Cartoon. Jean Graton, Michel Vaillant's father, died at the age of 97

23:15  21 january  2021
23:15  21 january  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The Nantes-born Jean Graton, creator of the most realistic comic book series devoted to motorsport, died at the age of 97, in Brussels, where he had settled. Michel Vaillant is inconsolable.

This Thursday, January 21, Jean Graton - born in Nantes 97 years ago - has definitely left the track. After the death of Uderzo, the designer of Asterix, he was the last survivor of the golden age of Franco-Belgian comics.

Cartoonist in the Spirou and Tintin newspapers, in 1958 he created the character of Michel Vaillant, a valiant knight who won on all circuits. He offered him 70 adventures, before his son Philippe brilliantly took over with a new season, already rich in 9 volumes.

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Michel Vaillant , the most famous motorsports driver in the world of French comic series created in 1957 by French cartoonist Jean Graton races with driver

A lap "in on-board drawing"

After the first more romanticized stories, Jean Graton became more anchored in reality from the end of the 1960s. As evidenced by the Belgian driver Jacky Ickx (six victories at Le Mans) in our Michel Vaillant supplement and the 24 hours of Le Mans . "In Oil on the Track, he takes readers on a lap, in an on-board drawing by Michel Vaillant, on the Monaco circuit. He had scouted on a motorcycle, then on foot, to find the right angles. But he asked me to come to his studio to specify, for each box, the position of the hands on the steering wheel and the needle on the tachometer ".

"He invented the soundtrack in a silent art"

What makes Jacky Ickx say: "In this fiction inspired by reality, everything is plausible. Including the drivers, team managers, journalists who rub shoulders with imaginary characters - including loyal friend Steve Warson.

Jean Graton also introduces his famous onomatopoeias which symbolize the sound of the engine, including the famous Vroooaaaw. He invented the soundtrack in a silent art, nicely defines Hervé Poulain, ten participations at Le Mans.

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Michel Vaillant has been to Le Mans twelve times. Jean Graton liked to design the circuit, but also the streets of Le Mans. He came regularly during the race for exhibitions or book signings, the queue of which kept getting longer. It was the price to pay to obtain a precious drawing and exchange a few words with this warm and mischievous author, who introduced motor racing to thousands of lucky fellows, who suddenly became nostalgic.

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