Christian Godard begins to publish in the fifties, creating complete stories and series for the riot of children’s magazines of that time: FILLETTE, HOPPY, JOCKO, COQ-HARDY, FRANCS-JEUX, FRIPOUNET ET MARISETTE, BIRIBU, KRISS, PIERROT CHAMPION, LISETTE, PISTOLIN, IMA, HEURES CLAIRES, etc.
In 1957 he starts for the weekly VAILLANT (“Gil Bagout”, “Pipsi”), then continues for PILOTE in 1959, where he gets to illustrate “Tromblon et Bottaclou” with scripts of René Goscinny, before creating “Norbert et Kari”, taking on both text and illustrations.
In 1967 he creates “Martin Milan” in TINTIN. With an increasing desire to write, he produces scripts for numerous gags of “Modeste et Pompon” for Mittéï and “Sylvie” for Martial, edits “La Jungle en folie” for Mic Delinx and “Le Vagabond des limbes” for Julio Ribera.
The list of illustrators he provides with text is long and far from complete: Henri Dufranne, Derib, Pierre Le Guen, Florenci Clavé, Carlos Gimenez, Alexandre Coutelis, Eric Juszezak and, more recently, Widenlocher, with whom he takes over the hilarious mishaps of “Achille Talon” from Greg for Éditions Dargaud. He even tried his hand at publishing, running a company with Ribera, “Le Vaisseau d’Argent”, from 1988 to 1991.
With a new complete story of “Toupet” for SPIROU in 1965, he brings the little terror in nappies back to life after twenty-two years, leaving the illustrations to Albert Blesteau this time. Along the same lines of horrendous children, he writes the series “Les Baby-sitters” for the collection Humour Libre for the young illustrator Valda (alias Clarke).
Equally at ease with a realistic story, a science-fiction series or a funny cartoon, Christian Godard has established himself as one of the most talented makers of modern comic strips.
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