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Blake & Mortimer

Blake and Mortimer is a Belgian comics series created by the Belgian writer and comics artist Edgar P. Jacobs. It was one of the first series to appear in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Tintin in 1946, and was subsequently published in book form by Les Editions du Lombard 1).

The main protagonists of the adventures are Philip Mortimer, a leading British scientist, and his friend Captain Francis Blake of MI5. The main antagonist is their sworn enemy, Colonel Olrik, who has appeared in almost every book. Their confrontations take them into the realms of detective investigation and science-fiction, dealing with such themes as time travel, Atlantis and espionage 2).

Since the death of Jacobs, new books have been published by several separate teams of artists and writers 3).

Blake & Mortimer & Schuiten

For 2018 a tribute album is expected. Thomas Gunzig, the screenwriter of the Belgian film “Le Tout Nouveau Testament” will write the scenario along with the director of that film, Jaco Van Dormael. The album will be drawn by François Schuiten 4).

This project represents a previously stated desire of publisher Yves Schlirf to bring out tribute albums in the line of the secondary collection of Spirou and Fantasio. Big names of the comic word (and beyond!) are asked to develop their vision of Blake and Mortimer, as long as it takes sufficient distance from the main series.

More information about this project can be found in the Blake and Mortimer by Schuiten dossier.