Ted Benoit

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Ted Benoit
BornThierry Benoit
(1947-07-25)25 July 1947
Niort, Deux-Sèvres, France
Died30 September 2016(2016-09-30) (aged 69)
Notable works
Bingo Bongo et son Combo Congolais
Ray Banana
Blake and Mortimer

Thierry "Ted" Benoit (25 July 1947 – 30 September 2016) was a French comics artist, graphic novelist and prominent figure in the stylish Franco-Belgian ligne claire comics scene in the 1980s. His influences included Edgar P. Jacobs, Moebius, Robert Crumb and to a lesser extend Jacques Tardi.[1]

Among his works from the 1980s are Bingo Bongo et son Combo Congolais, a series about aspiring novelist Bingo B. Bongo and his travails; and Ray Banana, a film noir pastiche. Some of these were published in English in Heavy Metal.

Benoit illustrated two books in the Blake and Mortimer series, both written by Jean Van Hamme: The Francis Blake Affair, 1996; and The Strange Encounter, 2001. Benoit died on 30 September 2016 at the age of 69.[2][3]

Published albums[edit]

  • 1979: Hôpital, Les Humanoïdes Associés
  • 1981: Vers la ligne claire, Les Humanoïdes Associés
  • 1982: Histoires vraies, written by Yves Cheraqui, Les Humanoïdes Associés
  • 1982: Berceuse électrique, Ray Banana T.1, Casterman
  • 1986: Cité Lumière, Ray Banana T.2, Casterman
  • 1987: Bingo Bongo et son combo congolais, Les Humanoïdes Associés
  • 1989: L'Homme de nulle part, Les mémoires de Thelma Ritter T.1, drawn by Pierre Nedjar, written by Ted Benoit, Casterman
  • 1996: L'Affaire Francis Blake, Blake et Mortimer T.13, written by Jean Van Hamme, Éditions Blake et Mortimer
  • 2001: L'Étrange Rendez-vous, Blake et Mortimer T.15, written by Jean Van Hamme, Éditions Blake et Mortimer
  • 2004: Playback, drawn by François Ayroles, adapted by Ted Benoit from a script by Raymond Chandler, Éditions Denoël
  • 2013: Camera Obscura - Vers la ligne claire et retour, Champaka.
  • 2014: La Philosophie dans la piscine, Ray Banana T.3, La Boîte à bulles.


  1. ^ Ted Benoit : "Le dessin d’Hergé était tellement ancré dans notre inconscient collectif que c’était devenu un outil" 26 April 2013 interview (French)
  2. ^ "Le dessinateur de BD, Ted Benoît, est décédé" (in French). Lefigaro.fr. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  3. ^ TED BENOIT Passes Away at 69

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