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Introduction of Gai Luron from an origin panel.[1]

Gai-Luron is a French comics series about a melancholic basset hound, Gai-Luron, created on July 12, 1964 by Gotlib.[1] Originally published in the Franco-Belgian comics magazines Vaillant and Pif Gadget, the character joined Nanar, Jujube et Piette, which Gotlib had drawn since 1962, but eventually headlined a hit series of its own.[2] The album collection series began were released from 1975, and the second album, Gai-Luron en écrase méchamment was awarded the prize for French comical work at the Angoulême in 1976.[3]


It follows the anthropomorphic dog Gai-Luron (whose name can be roughly translated as "Jolly Fellow", which contrasts with Gai-Luron's generally apathetic behaviour), his girlfriend Belle-Lurette and his friend Jujube the fox.

The plot sometimes involves Gai-Luron and Jujube reading their fan mail, which is almost always written by the same reader, a little boy named Jean-Pierre Liégeois, or else a friend or relative of his.


Gai-Luron's adventures were published in 10 volumes between 1975 and 1982, and a last one, La bataille navale...ou Gai-Luron en slip, was published as Gotlib's goodbye to the comic strip scene in 1986.

  • Gai-Luron, collection Les Rois du rire n°10 (1969, Éditions Vaillant)
  • 1 : Gai-Luron ou la joie de vivre (1975, Audie)
  • 2 : Gai-Luron en écrase méchamment (1975, Audie)
  • 3 : Gai-Luron rit de se voir beau en ce miroir (1976, Audie)
  • 4 : Gai-Luron et Jean-Pierre Liegeois (1976, Audie)
  • 5 : Gai-Luron fait rien qu'à copier (1977, Audie)
  • 6 : Gai-Luron ce héros au sourire si doux (1978, Audie)
  • 7 : Gai-Luron s'en tire par une pirouette (1979, Audie)
  • 8 : Gai-Luron drague comme une bête (1980, Audie)
  • 9 : Gai-Luron n'engendre pas la mélancolie ! (1981, Audie)
  • 10 : Gai-Luron tire une tronche pas possible (1982, Audie)
  • La bataille navale ou Gai-Luron en slip (1986, Audie)



  1. ^ a b Gai-Luron ou la joie de vivre, n°1, p1. Footnote of date of creation by Gotlib
  2. ^ Lambiek Comiclopedia. "Gotlib".
  3. ^ ToutEnBD. "Le palmarès 1976" (in French). Archived from the original on 2007-03-13.

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