|nezchan (nezchan) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-06-14 12:19:00
|Entry tags:||char: fantasio, char: spirou, creator: jean-david morvan, creator: josé-luis munuera, publisher: dupuis, series: one perfect moment week|
One Perfect Moment: Spirou & Fantasio
My first post here, although I've been following the community on and off for quite a while. But I couldn't let One Perfect Moment pass by without one of my very favorite teams, Spirou and Fantasio.
A lot of folks in North America have never heard of this series, even though it's been running since the 1930's over in France, and it's a total shame. European comics are fantastic, but hardly anyone scanlates them (does anyone, come to that?) because everyone and their little dog Toto is busy scanning manga to deal with a bit of French. Anyhow, the action is clear enough to know what's going on, so it's still easy enough for us anglophones to follow.
In any case, by way of setup, Spirou is an adventurer/reporter (and former bellhop, who retains elements of his original uniform) who lives with his best friend (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) Fantasio, who's similarly an adventurer/reporter. Spirou tends toward the strong sense of justice and heroism, and is also a well-trained fighter in his own right. Fantasio, by contrast, is much wackier and fun-loving, and is able to pull off rather impressive feats under duress, such as crossing a river by using crocodiles as stepping-stones, and so forth. The third member of the team is Spip, Spirou's pet squirrel, who has rather cynical thought bubbles and seems aware of the narrator, although he gets on well with our two heroes (who I'm convinced are way more than "just friends").
In this scene from Paris Sous-Seine, the duo's inventor friend, Count Champignac, has just shown the two his dual inventions, a gun which instantly turns water to ice and a remote-controlled device that converts standing water to cloud for rain-making purposes when the giant robots show up.
Yes, non-powered Spirou tries to RASSLE a robot three times his size, and when he's knocked out, Fantasio takes charge...and screws it up completely. Totally in character.
And speaking of amazing feats, from Spirou et Fantasio a Tokyo...
And finally to wrap things up on a cute note, how adorable is this?