|Born||William van Cutsem
8 September 1935
Bruce J. Hawker
William Van Cutsem was born in Anderlecht near Brussels in 1935. After his military service in 1955-1956, he studied for four years at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts. Originally from Flanders, he worked most of his life in France, and moved later to Santander in Spain.
William Vance started drawing for the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Tintin in 1962. After drawing complete real-life stories of four pages for a few years, he started work on his first series, Howard Flynn, written by Yves Duval. Three albums followed, before he created other short lived series such as the Western Ringo and Roderik. His first success followed with the series about secret agent Bruno Brazil, written by Tintin's editor-in-chief Greg, as one of the comics that started the revival and repositioning of Tintin as a more adult oriented magazine.
From 1967 on, he continued the stories of Bob Morane in Femmes d'aujourd'hui, a magazine aimed at adult women. This science fiction series, based on the novels by Henri Vernes, was started by Dino Attanasio and continued by Gerald Forton before Vance took over and made it a success. A few years later, the series moved to Tintin as well, and Vance was succeeded by his brother-in-law, Coria.
His final breakthrough and largest commercial success came in 1984, when writer Jean Van Hamme proposed a new series, XIII. First serialised in Spirou magazine, this series of contemporary adventures with action, violence, and complicated intrigues, let Vance draw upon his talent for realistic drawings, action scenes and exotic settings.
In 2010, Vance announced his retirement, due to Parkinson's disease.
|Howard Flynn||1966–1969||3||Yves Duval||Le Lombard and Dargaud|
|Ringo||1967–1978||3||Acar||Le Lombard and Dargaud|
|Bruno Brazil||1969–1995||11||Greg||Le Lombard and Dargaud|
|Bob Morane||1971–1980||18||Henri Vernes||Le Lombard and Dargaud|
|C'étaient des hommes||1976||1||William Vance||Deligne|
|XIII||1984–2007||18||Jean Van Hamme||Dargaud|
|Bruce J. Hawker||1985–1996||7||William Vance||Le Lombard|
|Marshall Blueberry||1991–1993||2||Jean Giraud||Alpen|
|XHG-C3 - Le vaisseau rebelle||1995||1||William Vance||Gibraltar|
- 1989: nominated for Best Long Comic Strip at the Haxtur Awards, Spain
- 2003: nominated for the Audience Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, France
- 2005: Bronzen Adhemar in Turnhout, Belgium
- 2006: nominated for Best Comic (Dutch language) at the Prix Saint-Michel, Brussels, Belgium
- - nominated for Favourite European Comic at the Eagle Awards, United Kingdom
- De Weyer, Geert (2005). "William Vance". In België gestript, pp. 167-169. Tielt: Lannoo.
- Van Herck, Johan (2005). Defensie Stript! Evere: Defensie DG IPR. ISBN 90-75172-03-6
- Belga (2009-10-12). "Geestelijke vader van XIII is ereburger van Brussel" (in Dutch). De Standaard. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
- William Vance biography on Lambiek Comiclopedia