Cartoonist André Chéret has died aged 82. He and Roger Lécureux had created in 1969 the character of Rahan, one of the most popular heroes of French comics.
Rahan was imagined with hair “color of fire”, white skin, athletic, dressed in a loincloth in beast skin, wearing a necklace of five claws of “saber-toothed tiger”, symbolizing the qualities which he constantly demonstrates (generosity, courage, tenacity, loyalty and wisdom), armed with an ivory cutlass. But first André Chéret began by making a name for himself by drawing the adventures of Bob Mallard. The adventures of Rahan, the "Tarzan of prehistoric times," were published in Pif Gadget.
“With Rahan, I found a series to my liking, which highlights human and animal anatomy, nature in its raw state. I feel good about it, which may explain why my graphics quickly refined “, declared Chéret in 2005. Cheret was known for his lively and realistic line. He had a keen eye for detail and was a master at performing spectacular panoramas. To mark the 50th anniversary of Rahan’s launch, Sun Editions last year published a full of his adventures in 26 volumes, or 4,000 pages. Rahan’s screenwriter Roger Lecureux disappeared on December 31, 1999 at the age of 74.