The author of The Beast is dead! in the 1940s changed the face of comics with its animal heroes. Marked by the First World War, Calvo will often stage situations of great violence, concealed under the gentleness of his features and the cheerful attitudes of animals. To (re) discover during this exceptional exhibition at the Comic Strip Museum.
For a large part of his career, Calvo sets his tales with profuse drawings in marvelous settings – pirate ships, medieval castles, romantic forests. From 1942, his realistic aesthetic gave way to another, more cartoonish, with Croquemulot, his first animal comic strip. And while this genre becomes his signature, only the flexibility of the line and the jovial attitude of the animals soothe the cruelty of the scenes represented. After the adventures of the Patamousse rabbit, which began in 1943, Calvo embarked on La Bête est morte !, from a screenplay by Victor Dancette. This World War II animal satire is performed during the conflict.
Musée de la bande dessinée
Quai de la Charente, 16000 Angoulême
March 18th, 2020 – January 3rd, 2021