March 18, 2015


Bob Morane Week continues with a spotlight on Pilote magazine. The journal was founded in 1959, six years after Morane's creation by Henri Vernes, and eventually focussed on comics and articles trending toward humor, action, adventure, sports, and foreign cultures. Chief among the magazine's comic features were Asterix and the western, Lieutenant Blueberry. From what I gather, Bob Morane comics began to appear in Pilote around 1962 with Gerald Forton providing the art until the comic's shift over to Tin Tin magazine in 1969 with art by William Vance. As you can see in the the cover illustrations below, Pilote ran the gamut of Morane tropes, from spies and dinosaurs to jungle adventures (complete with awkward native depictions). I was especially excited to discover the cover of Pilote #481 (1968). Joining our series of Spy Vibe design dopplegangers, I'm amazed the editors allowed what is clearly a well-known image of Sean Connery's James Bond in Dr. No to run as a Bob Morane cover. Especially as the Connery image was so visible in a number of Dr. No posters and other promotional materials. Maybe the choice was tongue-in-cheek, because the headline read, "The hero you were expecting." A sign of rebellious streak? Well, Bob Morane did seem to prefer turtlenecks over neckties, so no copyright foul on the fashion front! Spy Vibe's Bob Morane series: IntroComicsToys, Pilote Magazine, RecordsScreen. Some Spy Vibe design doppelgangers: Double 007 Design, Double 007 Design II, Design Dopplegangers. Enjoy!

Selected Spy Vibe posts: New Saint PublicationsThe Saint Complete box setGerry Anderson Box SetsBond LEGODeadlier Than the MaleSpectre ReportMusic For SpiesThai Bond DesignBrian Clemens RIPBond vs ModernismImitation GameNew Avengers BooksRoad to Hong KongInside Gerry AndersonRingo Does GoldfingerSixties Beat WearSPECTRE AnnouncedPopular SkulltureNew Gerry Anderson SetsNew SECRET AGENT setArt of ModestyAvengers Blu-ray updateTokyo Beat 1964Polaroid SpyModesty MondayFeraud Mod FashionFlint Scores!Bond DanishHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsDesigning Bond BooksGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonIan Fleming: Wicked GrinJane Bond Hong Kong RecordsRyan Heshka Interview, Comics Week: Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.Comics Week: ArchieComics Week: Robots, Comics Week: Cold War Atomic, Comics Week: SPYMANComics Week: Jimmy OlsenRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Danger Diabolik Soundtrack, Cold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese BooksThe 10th Victim German EditionThe Saint books returnTrina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

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