Walter (Lapinot)

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Harum Scarum
(Walter)
Date 1996
Series Les formidables aventures de Lapinot
Publisher Dargaud
Creative team
Writers Lewis Trondheim
Artists Lewis Trondheim
Original publication
Language French
Translation
Date 1998
Chronology
Preceded by Pichenettes, 1996
Followed by Amour & Intérim, 1998

Walter is a comic strip in the series The spiffy adventures of McConey (Les formidables aventures de Lapinot in the original French language), by the popular French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. It was released in 1996 as volume 3 in the series.

An English translation, titled Harum Scarum, was released in 1998.

This is one of the fastest-paced books in the series, and the characters are constantly dragged from one situation to another without getting a chance to catch their breath. This volume is often considered by fans to be one of the funniest and strongest in the series.

Plot[edit]

This volume is set in a stock historical setting: Paris in the late 19th century. Although it uses the same main characters (Lapinot, Richard, Titi) and gives them the same type of personality, this story bears no relation to the continuing storyline of the volumes taking place in modern Paris. The plot mixes the mystery, horror, and science fiction genres. A giant monster is seen ravaging the apartment of the missing scientist Prof. Walter, before being caught (and presumably killed) by the authorities. When Richard the journalist wants to take pictures at the morgue for his newspaper, they are told there never was a monster. An investigation follows in which they learn the monster is the result of a scientific experiment gone wrong.