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French erotica

Georges Pichard (January 17 1920 - June 7 2003) was a French comics artist, known for numerous BD magazine covers, serial publications and adult comics stereotypically featuring well-endowed women and BDSM-imagery. Guido Crepax was an Italian contemporary with similar subject matter, yet a different style.

Toward the end of his life, Pichard adapted classic erotic stories such as Les Exploits d'un jeune Don Juan by Guillaume Apollinaire, The Kama-Sutra by Vatsyayana, Trois filles de leur mère by Pierre Louÿs, La Religieuse by Denis Diderot and Germinal by Émile Zola.

Life and work

A native of Paris, he was educated at the École des Arts Appliques, and after World War II worked as illustrator in advertising before publishing his first cartoon strip in La Semaine de Suzette in 1956, featuring a "girl next-door" character named Miss Mimi.

In the early 60s he met Jacques Lob, with whom he collaborated on the superhero parodies, Ténébrax[1] and Submerman[2]. Ténébrax was first published in the short-lived comics magazine Chouchou, and continued its serial run in Italian magazine Linus. In 1967, Submerman was serialised in Pilote, but after a few years Pichard left the family friendly comics genre entirely.

Having collaborated with Danie Dubos on the more daring Lolly-strip which was serialised in Le Rire in 1966, Pichard and Lob began work within the erotic genre of comics as Blanche Épiphanie[3] started serial publication in V-Magazine in 1968. There was significant public reaction as this character acted outside the moral boundaries of the times, and at one point emulated Jane Fonda by going to Vietnam. This period saw Pichard develop his style of shaping his female heroines into tall, well-endowed women with excessive eyeliner make-up to create a gothic appearance.

Pichard continued to push the moral boundaries when he collaborated with Georges Wolinski to create a yet more controversial series featuring an eponymous character, Paulette[4] which began serial publication in Charlie Mensuel in 1970. This development became a target of right-wing politicians of that period, Jean Royer and Michel Debre. Continuing in this genre, Pichard reunited with Danie Dubos to produce Caroline Choléra which was serialised in L'Écho des savanes in 1975. Upon publication of Marie-Gabrielle de Saint-Eutrope in 1977, the explicit nature of Pichard's work led to a ban from bookshops and kiosks. Less scrutinized for its erotic emphasis are the collaborations Pichard did with science-fiction author Jean-Pierre Andrevon, La Reserve and Édouard from 1974 and Ceux–là from 1977, published in Charlie Mensuel.

Bibliography

Title YearTemplate:0 Vol. Editor Remarks
Ténébrax 1963 Serg written by Jacques Lob
Submerman 1967 Glénat written by Jacques Lob
Lolly-strip 1972 Losfeld written by Danie Dubos
Blanche Epiphanie 1972 6 Serg/Dargaud written by Jacques Lob
Paulette 1971 7 Le Square/Dargaud written by Georges Wolinski
Ulysse 1974 2 Dargaud written by Jacques Lob
James du Tiers Bond -Ah! ça ira SaharaTemplate:0 1975 ABC written by Françoise Prévost
Caroline Choléra 1975 3 Editions du Fromage written by Danie Dubos
Marie-Gabrielle de Saint-Eutrope 1977 2 Glénat
Édouard + La Réserve 1978 Le Square written by Jean-Pierre Andrevon
L'usine 1979 2 Glénat
Ceux–là 1980 Le Square written by Jean-Pierre Andrevon
Les manufacturées 1980 2 Le Square written by Faraldo
Carmen 1981 Albin Michel written by Prosper Mérimée
Bornéo Jo 1983 2 Albin Michel written by Danie Dubos
La Comtesse rouge 1985 Editions Dominique Leroy written by Léopold Sacher MasochsTemplate:0
Les Sorcières de Thessalie 1985 2 Glénat
La fleur de lotus 1987 Albin Michel written by Jin Ping Mei
Marlène et Jupiter 1988 Yes Company
Madoline 1990 2 CAP
Les Exploits d'un Don Juan 1991 Albin Michel from Guillaume Apollinaire
Le Kama Soutra 1991 Curiosa from Vatsyayana
Trois filles de leur mère 1992 Curiosa from Pierre Louÿs
La voie du repentir 1992 CAP
La religieuse 1992 Création Art Presse from Denis Diderot
Germinal 1992 Magic Strip from Émile Zola




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