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I have added several authors to the list. Since Spirou is a magazine over 70 years old, which for most of its existence has been a weekly magazine introducing new series on a yearly basis (with some becoming great hits and some misses mostly forgotten), and there could be a great risk for clutter, I've tried to follow some criteria for adding new names; roughly a minimum requirement that one author should at least have worked one decade for the magazine, producing at least five albums (or equivalent) in a series, although I haven't followed the requirement strictly for all examples. Some series are shorter but still notable (imho), some creators have done several shorter series, etc. 惑乱 Wakuran (talk) 00:32, 4 December 2010 (UTC)
I heard that in 1949, there was nearly a "ban" on American comics, since they were considered too violent. This forced the editors to maintain a local production on their own, finding Belgian (and French) talent that could keep a steady production to uphold the weekly magazine. Should be added if I find any good sources for it. 惑乱 Wakuran (talk) 21:11, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
It was the French law of 1949, officially to protect the children and so on, but in reality to protect French comics from the overwhelming success of American and Belgian comics. The Belgian magazines Tintin and Spirou (which sold a lot in France) both have had troubles with this censoring, not only by severely reducing the number of American comics (which had the long-term benefit of giving many more Belgian and French authors a chance), but also by censuring Belgian comics like Blake and Mortimer, Sammy, Gil Jourdan and even Boule et Bill! This article gives some more info... Fram (talk) 09:03, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, so even the Belgians had trouble with the law. I could see the reasoning, though. Between the 30's and late 50's, there seems to have been hardly any French successful comics before Asterix. Thanks for the link anyway, I need the info for an essay. 惑乱 Wakuran (talk) 15:38, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
If you can get access to it somehow, "'On Tue a chaque page': La Lai de 1949 sur les publications destinees a la jeunesse, eds. Thierry Crepin and Thierry Groensteen (Paris: Editions du Temps, 1999)" is the one for you :-) Fram (talk) 16:14, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, I saw it among the references. Thanks. 惑乱 Wakuran (talk) 21:11, 7 February 2011 (UTC)