Gai-Luron is a French comics series about a melancholic basset hound, Gai-Luron, created on July 12, 1964 by Gotlib. 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. 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.
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)
- Gai-Luron publications in Vaillant and Pif, and Fluide Glacial BDoubliées (in French)
- Gai Luron albums Bedetheque (in French)
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