He was the author of Blue tunics, from Funerary stone, from Women in white or even Cédric. Belgian comic book writer Raoul Cauvin died Thursday August 19, three months after revealing to be suffering from incurable cancer, announced Dupuis, his publishing house.
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“It is with great emotion that we inform you of the death of Raoul Cauvin, one of the greatest men in the world of comics. We are in thought with (…) the millions of readers who adored his humor and his situational comedy through the publication of his series ”, the editor said early on Friday in a press release.
Entering Dupuis in 1960, Raoul Cauvin has collaborated with many authors throughout his career, but it is above all with Willy Lambil that he is successful in making Blue tunics one of Dupuis’ absolute bestsellers, with over fifteen million copies sold in French.
This successful series tells with humor the adventures of two American soldiers, a convinced militarist and another committed in spite of himself, who fight the “Southerners” during the American Civil War (1861-1865). He had created the Blue tunics in 1968, eight years after his debut at Dupuis, first conceiving his two heroes, Sergeant Cornelius Chesterfield and Corporal Blutch, with the designer Louis Salvérius, who died in 1972 and gave way to Willy Lambil.
The latter remains Cauvin’s inseparable accomplice until volume 64, the final album signed by the screenwriter, released by Dupuis in May. These two veterans were nicknamed “Comic strip grandpas”, with the same graying mustache.
“Popular, irresistibly funny, unexpected”
“Rare are Cauvin’s failures, because his imagination, the quality of his dialogues and the profession put into his cuttings speak directly to the general public, to whom he feels extremely close. (…) A genius of incredible modesty, Raoul Cauvin has become a veritable statue of commander of screenwriters. Popular, irresistibly funny, unexpected, able to shine in most of the universes he has chosen for himself, he has permanently codified the mechanics of the gag and the canons of the humorous adventure, seducing several generations of readers and selling more than 50 million albums ”, writes Dupuis.
The popular success of Blue tunics pushed Raoul Cauvin to become a prolific author for his publisher Dupuis, collaborating with many other designers: among others Berck (Sammy et Lou), Thread (Spirou and Fantasio) or Kox (L’Agent 212).
A follower of all forms of visual gagging, Cauvin evolved in the 1980s towards more incisive productions, often close to black humor and parody. He thus illustrated himself in the series Funerary stone (with Hardy), Women in white on the universe of the hospital (with Bercovici in the drawing), and Cédric (with Laudec) – which has proven to be a success in children’s comics with 34 albums to date.
In early May, a few days after the release of the last Blue tunics, Cauvin had announced on his blog that he was suffering from incurable cancer.