Z comme Zorglub

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Spirou et Fantasio #15
Z comme Zorglub
Z is for Zorglub
Cover of the Belgian edition
Date 1961
Series Spirou et Fantasio
Publisher Dupuis
Creative team
Writers Franquin
with Greg
Artists Franquin
with Jidéhem
Original publication
Published in Spirou magazine
  1. 1096 - #1136
Date of publication 1959-1960
Language French
ISBN 2-8001-0017-6
Publisher Fantasy Flight Publishing
Date 1995
ISBN 0-3163-5852-5
Translator Kim Thompson
Preceded by Le prisonnier du Bouddha, 1960
Followed by L'ombre du Z, 1962

Z comme Zorglub, written and drawn by Franquin, is the fifteenth album of the Spirou et Fantasio series, and the first part of Franquin's Zorglub diptych. The story was initially serialised in Spirou magazine before its release as a hardcover album in 1961.


In Z is for Zorglub, Fantasio receives a hair dryer as a gift from a secret admirer, but its unexpected hypnotic abilities announce a new ominous presence in the Spirou universe. Zorglub, an old acquaintance of the Count of Champignac, appears from the past and offers the Count the chance to join him in seizing world domination, but it is firmly rejected. In response, Zorglub proceeds to demonstrate his powers by manipulating the township of Champignac to storm the Count's mansion, which nearly leads to the destruction of his laboratory. As this just barely fails, Zorglub decides to kidnap Fantasio, to "zorglhomize" him into a zorglhomme (zorglman), forcing Spirou and the Count to travel to the village of Zorgland, and attempt to outwit the criminal mastermind.


Spirou published in English

Along with the introduction of the new arch-enemy Zorglub, a few inventions and vehicles associated with him are seen for the first time, most impressively the Zorglumobile and the Zorglécoptère. Another first is the stunning weapon of the zorglhomme, the Zorglonde (Zorglwave or perhaps Z-ray).

Champignac town gendarme (policeman) Jérôme is seen for the first time, and is given the distinction of becoming the first zorglhomme of Champignac-en-Cambrousse.

This album was translated into English and released in 1995 by Fantasy Flight Publishing, although this is currently out of print.


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