Belgian comic book legend Bob de Groot, known for co-writing the comic series 'Léonard' and 'Robin Dubois', has departed this life, leaving behind a legacy that reshaped the Franco-Belgian comic scene. Born on October 26, 1941, in Brussels, de Groot's journey into the world of comics started in the 1960s at the Journal de Tintin, a fertile ground that nurtured his talent and connected him with like-minded artists.
A Legacy Born of Collaboration
A key turning point in de Groot's career was his partnership with artist Turk. This collaboration gave birth to the modernized and humorous 'Robin Dubois' in 1964, introducing a fresh wave of wit to the comic world. Ten years later, the duo presented 'Léonard', a series portraying a whimsical Renaissance genius and his equally eccentric disciples. The series, appreciated for its humor and creativity, made significant strides in popularity, echoing the duo's talent and synergy.
Versatility and a Keen Eye for Talent
De Groot's impact wasn't limited to his creations alone. His work on 'Lucky Luke' albums was a testament to his versatility, seamlessly adapting to different styles and themes. De Groot was also known for his knack for discovering artists like Philippe Geluck, highlighting his commitment to promoting new talent in the industry.
Retirement, Family, and a Lasting Legacy
In 2015, de Groot decided to retire and focus on his family, a move that marked the end of an illustrious career spanning half a century. His work, which had been a source of joy to comic lovers, remains an indelible part of the comic book world. Today, as the news of his demise spreads, fans and fellow artists mourn the loss of a man whose influence and creativity left an enduring imprint on the Franco-Belgian comic scene.