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In the course of his career, Mic Delinx (1930-2002) collaborated with the greatest names in the world of comic strip. He debuted in 1957 in the pages of the weekly magazine Pierrot and later collaborated on Lisette and Fripounet et Marisette. In the early 1960s, Delinx gravitated towards humorous comics entirely centred on animals, inventing Les Fables de la Forêt de Chênebeau, with René Goscinny working on the script.
Meeting Yves Duval led to collaborations on Jim Trapper chasseur d’images (Record, 1962), Buck Gallo – the functionary whose sporting misadventures appeared in the pages of Pilote between 1963 and 1968 – and César Reporter TV (J2 Jeunes, 1965).
Also for Pilote, Delinx cooperated with FRED on the humorous series Pan et la Syrinx, based on Greek mythology.
The year 1969 saw the appearance – first in Pif Gadget, then later in Pilote – of La Jungle en folie, a comic gem of a story scripted by Christian Godard. It became a cult series and was a perfect vehicle for Delinx’s expressive and narrative powers and his tremendous sense of movement. The adventures of an array of extraordinary characters – Joe the vegetarian tiger and his friends Mortimer, the nonsense-spouting snake, Perette the lovesick goat, and Dr Potamus, the hippopotamus – are captured in Delinx’s marvellous drawings. The series, extending to twenty volumes, would be published by Dargaud between 1978 and 1990.
In 1994, Mic Delinx was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Culture Minister Jacques Toubon. He died on 18 December 2002, at the age of seventy-two.