Saturday, 4 June 2016

1966, Belgian Comics: “Gil Jourdan” ("Guus Slim")

In 1966 the new "Gil Jourdan" ("Guus Slim") album "Le Gant à trois doigts" ("Drie vingers") is published by Dupuis. The story first appeared in Spirou magazine (26 November 1964 - 22 April 1965). The Belgian detective comic "Gil Jourdan" was created by Maurice Tillieux in 1956. The first story appeared in Spirou magazine n° 962. Jourdan was based on Felix, an earlier creation by Tillieux. Main characters are Gil Jourdan a Paris-based detective and a Bachelor of Law, Andre Papignolles alias Libellule (English: "Dragonfly") a former burglar who becomes Jourdan's right-hand, Inspector Jules Annibal Crouton Jourdan's police contact and, Queue-de-Cerise (English: "Cherry Stem") Jourdan's secretary. The Renault Dauphine was Jourdan's choice of vehicle in his early adventures. In later adventures he drove a Fiat Dino Coupé, a Renault 16 or a Renault 17.
"Le Gant à trois doigts"
"Le Gant à trois doigts" ("Drie vingers")
- full colour
- first published in Spirou/Robbedoes (26 November 1964 - 22 April 1965)
- never published in English
- story and drawings by Maurice Tillieux

The main characters are Gil Jourdan, Libellule, Crouton, Ben El Mehmed, Ali head of the police, Ahmed, Mohammed, and Philippe Chardin a French spy.
Gil Jourdan
Libellule and Gil Jourdan
Crouton, Libellule and Gil Jourdan
Ben El Mehmed
Synopsis
When a box loaded with gloves with just three fingers on them is seized by French customs, Jourdan follows up the case to a Middle Eastern emirate. There he is promptly captured and jailed, but escapes leaving a wave of chaos behind him...
Ali head of the police
Ahmed
Mohammed and Gil Jourdan
Philippe Chardin a French spy
Cars
- Buick Super Riviera 1950
- Mercedes-Benz W111 Ambulance
- Mercedes-Benz W111 Sedan
- Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401
- Chevrolet Impala 1964 (2-door hardtop coupé and Convertible)
- Pontiac Bonneville 1964
- Buick LeSabre 1964
- Land Rover IIa Forward Control
Buick Super Riviera 1950
Mercedes-Benz W111 Ambulance
Mercedes-Benz W111 Sedan
Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401
Chevrolet Impala 1964
Pontiac Bonneville 1964
Buick LeSabre 1964
Land Rover IIa Forward Control

3 comments:

  1. The "unidentified ambulance" is a Land Rover IIB, and the "Buick Roadmaster" is a 1950 Super Riviera. 64 Bel Air Convertible didn't exist... and see that the "2-door sedan" is a hardtop coupé, so I think Maurice Tillieux confused BelAir with Impala...

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  2. Thanks for the information! The page has been updated. The ambulance is a Land Rover IIa Forward Control. The album was pre-published in Spirou from 1964 to 1965 while the Land Rover IIb FC only appeared on the market in 1966.

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  3. You're welcome! But I'm still not sure if it's an Impala or a Bel Air: it has Impala's body, but Bel Air's tailights... But I think Impala is the correct

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