Georges Troisfontaines

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Georges Troisfontaines (French: [tʁwɑfɔ̃tɛn]; died February 1, 2007) was the founder of the World Press agency, and one of the co-authors of the series Buck Danny.

After his first work for the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou before WWII, in which he published strips in relation to aviation, he created in the 1940s the World Press agency. This Belgian agency provided Spirou magazine with comics Spirou, and employed at that time several authors of comics series including Jean Graton, Eddy Paape, Jijé, Victor Hubinon and Jean-Michel Charlier.[1] Troisfontaines suggested that the latter two artists get associated. Together, Hubinon and Charlier published L’agonie du Bismarck in 1946 and Les Japs attaquent in 1947 in Spirou.[2] The eponymous hero of Buck Danny, is at first ingeneer in the air force. Georges Troisfontaines was the scriptwriter of the first thirteen strips, then Charlier took over. In 1996 a trial between Georges Troisfontaines against Charlier's duties took place, which allows him to be recognized as a co-author of the series.[3]

Georges Troisfontaines also made possible the collaboration between René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo in 1950, when Goscinny became the leader of the World Press' subsidiary in Paris. He met Uderzo, with whom he created the series Jehan Pistolet, Oumpah-pah and Astérix.[4]

In 1956 a grave argument occurred at the World press. Some comics authors of the agency decided to join together to draft and sign a draft a chart to defend their job. In particular, the authors wanted to have duties for their fictional characters:[clarification needed] indeed, at that time publishers could freely grant the making of a series to any other authors. In the face of this rebellion, Georges Troisfantaines decided to fire René Goscinny, seen as the leader of the movement. Jean-Michel Charlier and Uderzo decided to deliberately leave the agency and then with Goscinny founded Pilote magazine.[1]


  1. ^ a b Charlier
  2. ^ Décès de Georges Troisfontaines (French)
  3. ^ Buck Danny
  4. ^ Goscinny