Cubitus

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Cubitus
Dupa-Cubitus1.jpg
Publication information
Publisher Le Lombard
First appearance Tintin magazine April 16, 1968.
Created by Dupa

Cubitus is a Franco-Belgian comics series, and the basis for the Wowser cartoon series appearing in the United States. Cubitus was created by the cartoonist Dupa, and features Cubitus, a large anthropomorphic dog, who lives with his owner Semaphore. Cubitus is known as Dommel in Flanders and the Netherlands, and his name derives from the French name of the ulna bone.

Synopsis[edit]

The series tells the story of Cubitus, a good-natured large, white dog endowed with speech. He lives in a house in the suburbs with his master, Sémaphore, a retired sailor, next door to Sénéchal, the black and white cat who is Cubitus' nemesis.

A vast majority of the album publications collect single page gags, but a few gather collections of shorter stories or, in rare cases, one long story throughout the entire album. Some of single gags albums or short stories ones are thematic, with for instance in "Cubitus illustre ses ancêtres" revisiting history of humankind, "L'ami ne fait pas le moine" being pastiches of fellow authors from Tintin magazine or Les enquêtes de l'inspecteur Cubitus where he is a fictional police inspector.

Characters[edit]

  • Cubitus: Hero of the series, he is a white dog with a large belly, a black snout and yellow tail. Initially a dog with hair covering the eyes, Cubitus ended up becoming still more anthropomorphic. Nearly entirely human in behaviour, he walks on two legs, has hands instead of paws, and is able to perform any human action, although he retains his canine love of bones.
  • Sémaphore: A retired sailor who is the "Master" of Cubitus, even if sometimes the relationship of master and dog can be reversed. In the series, Semaphore's role is mainly to create inventions that are intended to be functional and aid his friends, but in the end lead to trouble.
  • Sénéchal: A black and white cat, close neighbour and Cubitus' worst natural enemy. In longer stories the character may be Cubitus' friend, inexplicably.
  • Ventenpoupe: an old friend of Semaphore, and a swindler.

Every now and them appears:

  • Manuel de Cotalos Y Mucho Gusto, the ghost of Semaphore's improbable Sidecar outfit' pannier.

Publication history[edit]

Cubitus first appeared in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Tintin on April 16, 1968.[1] The series gained immediate popularity, and began album publication in 1972.[2] After several years of gags and album publications, it became the title strip for a magazine of its own.[3] The first publication of Cubitus was published by Le Lombard in December 1989, though it proved short-lived, lasting only six issues.[4]

In 2005, the series was relaunched by Pierre Aucaigne (scenarist), and Michel Rodrigue (artist) under the title Les nouvelles aventures de Cubitus.

Bibliography[edit]

Dupa albums[edit]

German edition of Tu le fais exprès ou quoi? (1983)
  1. Du meilleur tonneau
  2. Cubitus illustre ses ancêtres
  3. Un oscar pour Cubitus
  4. La corrida des hippopotames casqués
  5. Pour les intimes
  6. Heureux qui, comme Cubitus
  7. Raconte-moi, Cubitus
  8. Tu le fais exprès ou quoi?
  9. L'ami ne fait pas le moine
  10. Cubitus et la boîte qui parle
  11. Chien sans souci
  12. Cubitus, tu nous fais marcher
  13. Cubitus, chien fidèle
  14. Cubitus, pas de salades
  15. Cubitus, est-ce bien sérieux?
  16. Alerte au pédalosaure
  17. Cubitus, quand tu nous tiens!...
  18. Tout en caressant Cubitus
  19. Cubitus, remets-nous ça
  20. Toujours avec deux sucres
  21. L'esprit égaré
  22. Les enquêtes de l'inspecteur Cubitus
  23. Cubitus, donne la belle papatte
  24. Tout ça c'est des histoires
  25. Cubitus, chien sans accroc
  26. Cubitus se met au vert
  27. Chat, ch'est du chien!
  28. Copain toutes catégories
  29. Cubitus fait toujours le beau
  30. Cubitus, au poil près
  31. Cubitus et les cumulus de Romulus
  32. Cubitus mon chien quotidien
  33. Un bouquet garni pour Cubitus
  34. Chien indispensable
  35. L'héritage du Pastaga
  36. Cubitus ne mord jamais
  37. Si tous les gags du monde...
  38. Cubitus, ça n'arrive qu'à toi!...
  39. Tu te la coules douce...

Les Nouvelles Aventures de Cubitus[edit]

  1. En avant toute !!
  2. Un chien peut en cacher un autre
  3. En haut de la vague !
  4. Tous des héros !
  5. La Truffe dans le Guidon!

Anime[edit]

Further information: Wowser

In 1988, the strip was adapted into a Japanese cartoon series named Don Don Domeru to Ron, which was re-titled as Wowser for American audiences. Dubbed by Saban Entertainment, it is the only part of Cubitus that has been translated into English.

Impact[edit]

  • Cubitus and Sénéchal appear on ten self-adhesive stamps launched by the French Poste in September 2006.[5]
  • A statute of Cubitus, by Yves Cauwenberghs, was erected on 3 October 2002 at Limal, where Dupa passed the last 30 years of his life.[6]
  • A wall painting of Cubitus can be seen in Brussels.[7]

Sources[edit]

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