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Basics
Name Spirou
Other Names Robbedoes (Dutch)
Splint (Danish)
Sprycjan (Polish)
Piko (Finnish)
Sĩ Phú (Vietnamese)[note 1]
Age Unknown, but looks young
Hair Color Orange
Moe Points Bellhop, elevator operator, samurai, mascot, hero, superhero (as Supergroom)[note 2], werewolf
From Belgium
Active in Worldwide
Related Characters
Partner: Fantasio
Pet squirrel: Spip

Spirou is the main character of the Belgian comic book series Spirou & Fantasio, published by Dupuis.

Introduction

First appearing in the comic book magazine of the same name, on April 21st, 1938, Spirou was a young hotel groom working at the hotel Moustique. He was "brought to life" by Luc Lafnet, an artist who was asked by Mr. Papillon (who worked at Moustique) to create a groom for him, with his "life water".[note 3] Over the years, Spirou left behind his job as a bellhop, dedicating himself to reporting and going on adventures along with his partner Fantasio, but he still retains his bellhop costume. A hypothesis for this had been presented and reimagined in a Spirou story by Emile Bravo (Le journal d'un ingenu): Spirou was too poor to buy new clothes.[note 4] In the main canon of the Journal de Spirou, the reason for this was that Spirou was forced to wear this costume because he was the "mascot" of the journal.[note 5]

Spirou was created and first drawn by Robert Velter, aka Rob-Vel, and since, the torch has been passed to authors over the years, with the most recent being Yoann Chivard and Fabien Vehlmann (credited as Yoann & Vehlmann). In the beginning, Spirou's stories consisted of short, humorous gags, but over time, the character has embarked on large-scale adventures, largely due to the influence of author André Franquin, who expanded upon Spirou's universe.

Spirou has been the star of two animated series, one in 1992 and the other in 2006. He has also been portrayed in a live-action movie in 2018.

Personality

Spirou is youthful, has a kind and brave heart, and is always ready to go on adventures, solve mysteries, or help those in need. He is the opposite of Fantasio, as he is able to be logical and find solutions, whereas Fantasio is more impulsive and emotional. He rejects injustice, and stands for what is right, as he is seen fighting for peace[note 6] and other causes such as protecting the environment.[note 7]

Trivia

  • Spirou is the official character of a campaign organized by the Belgian inter-municipal environmental agency Tibi, which raises awareness on reducing waste.[1][2]

Notes

  1. 1975
  2. Spirou #4080. Dupuis, June 22, 2016.
  3. Le Journal de Spirou #1, 21 April 1938.
  4. Bravo, Emile: Le journal d'un ingenu. Dupuis, May 10, 2018.
  5. Back to the rédak'. Spirou Hebdo #3653, April 16, 2008.
  6. Franquin, André. Le dictateur et le champignon. Dupuis, 1956.
  7. Fournier, Jean-Claude: Kodo, le Tyran. Dupuis. May 30, 1979.

References