UPDATE: The sixth volume – S.O.S. METEORS – is out now.
Clearly influenced by the ligne claire style of illustration developed by Hergé for Tintin, this series first appeared alongside the boy reporter’s adventures in his eponymous magazine. And in Blake & Mortimer, Edgar P. Jacobs created a series as packed with rip-roaring action and adventure as his stable-mate’s.
Professor Mortimer is a British scientist with a thing for forensics, while his sidekick Captain Blake has clearly fallen straight out of the R.A.F. and into MI5. Together they solve mysteries for the British government, usually finding themselves up against arch enemy Colonel Olrik. Set in the 1950s and drawing on many science fiction, mythology and fantasy influences, this is a timeless and fascinating body of work.
While the series will clearly appeal to fans of Tintin, anyone aged 10 or older should get a kick from the broad appeal of these fantastic adventures.
|The Yellow M
|The Mystery of the Great Pyramid Part I
|The Mystery of the Great Pyramid Part II
|The Francis Blake Affair
|The Strange Encounter