Lucien De Gieter, born September 4, 1932, turns 90 today
and becomes one of The Daily Cartoonist’s Senior Strippers.
Lucien De Gieter is a Belgian comic artist, since the 1960s a prominent artist for Spirou magazine and best known for his comic series ‘Papyrus’.
De Gieter began his association with Spirou magazine in 1961 and published his first comics in the collection of mini-books that were printed in the center of the magazine. He wrote several stories for artists such as Eddy Ryssack, Jem, Francis and Kiko, and he also created his own comic strip about the little cowboy ‘Pony’ in this section.
De Gieter went to work for Peyo’s studio in the Avenue de Boetendael in Uccle in mid 1965. He assisted on the inking of ‘Les Schtroumpfs’ until 1968 and made new gags starring ‘Poussy’ from 1969.
His series ‘Tôôôt et Puit’, about a young pearl diver and a mermaid was published in Spirou from 1966, and also ‘Pony’ found its way to the magazine’s regular pages in 1968.
In 1974, the first boards of “Papyrus” were released in SPIROU. This Egyptian saga quickly turns into a classic, whose success even allows its author to visit the country from which he is inspired at length and several times. Under the revealing title of “The Wonderful Adventures of Papyrus”, these albums recount the tribulations of the young fisherman Papyrus and Princess Théti Chéri, daughter of Pharaoh Merenptah, in a reconstruction of ancient Egypt in the era.
Happy Birthday Lucien!