This Post was Fast forwarded because of the wonderful review made By Our Comics Doctor in THIS Particular Post. Otherwise, the plan was another Intro Post of one of the Greatest Ever Hero’s (?!?) of Tamil Comics. Anyway, Let’s Get on with this intro Post.
For the present day ComiRades, The Name Jess Long my be Very Odd as the Last Story featuring him was Published About 14 years Back when Yours Truly was Still in School. Now, The Theme Music of James Bond is Quite Famous, Isn’t it? It creates a Sense of Remembrance with the audience and thus the phenomena of Brand Recall Happens.
Logically, When you put one particular Photo / Music just before any Event, it gets registered after some time and for this, Ivan Pavlov Got Nobel Prize. Very Similar to that, in every issue Of Tex Willer Story, Page 3 Will remain the same (Even Lion Comics Used that Concept for the Promotion of Pavala Silai Marmam - பவள சிலை மர்மம்) and discontinued for reasons known to them. However, As for as Jess Long is Concerned, His ID Card with his Gun Holder are the symbols that makes people to remember him instantly (Well Not in India though, As this was NEVER used for any of the stories).
|Usual Image Of Jess’s ID in the Books||Profile Photo Of FBI Agent Jess Long||Street Named After the Artist Piroton|
Jess Long was among the Dozen's of heroes who were planned to be launched in the summer of 1986 during the launch of Thigil Comics. However, he was Never given a chance in Thigil Comics and had to wait for for exactly 2 years to make his Debut in India, albeit in Muthu Comics just when Mr Vijayan was about to take charge for the Muthu Comics Brand. Here is the Ad for the launch of the same in Muthu Comics:
Now, then. Jess Long is a No Nonsense kind of a Character and he had a Partner Slim Sullivan (His character looks very similar to that of Kit Carson and the similarity extends in various patterns). Just Like The Tex-Kit pair is a Middle Aged-Old Combo, This one is also the same. And the characterisation of Slim seems to be modeled on Kit’s Sense of Humor. They are a Team in FBI Unit and this pair reminds you of Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in The Mercurial David Fincher’s Se7en Movie.Here are the stories to appear in Tamil and their corresponding Original versions:
Well, Not that Mr Vijayan Has Forgotten Jess Long Entirely. About 12 Years Back, Jess Long Was announced As the Next Issue in Muthu Comics and During one of the Personal Conversation with the Publishers in Sivakasi, TCU Received this Cover which Got Printed in the Summer of 1997 and Never saw the daylight.I Believe, May Be with 40+ Stories to Choose and Only 9 Got Printed in Tamil, he can Widen his hero Base Now that Martin Mystery is a Case Lost, For Obvious Reasons. Dear Mr Editor, Are You Reading?
|Nandu Kugai Marmam – Album 10 Cover – Book?||Original Cover Version – Jess Long 4||2nd Story – Page 19-Nandu Kugai Marmam|
The Usual question that may arise on the Minds of the ComiRades after this post will be, Why did NOT The Editor Used the Original Cover reference for those books in Which Jess Long was the Solo Hero? The Answer is, It is used Once for a Thigil Comics Cover (Where he was Originally Planned to Debut) in Issue No 34 and Have a close Look at the Lion Comics Ad, Thigil Comics Cover and the Original Jess Long Album Cover and take Note of the Hair Colour. And Also there was an Advertisement of a Story where the Hero Looks very similar to Jess Long and the Title of the Story is “Formula Kadathal” (Already Jess Long appeared in this Title – See Summer Special Review).
Now, Lets Get Into the Men who were always in the Background and brought Joy to millions of ComiRades by these wonderful stories.
Author: Maurice would Have been a Lost case for the Comics World if not for a Scuba Dive-Bomber who attacked the ship in which he was all set to move to America. Maurice is a Multi Faceted Personality and would you believe he started his career into literature by writing Novels? Later on He Moved on to Illustrating. Yes, He was a comics artist to start with. The Best Part is that, He used to Sign with different English Names.
Even though Tamil ComiRades were treated with Only Jess Long Stories, Maurice is known for his Humour Based Comics worldwide and Along with Goscinny and Franquin he is among the pillars of Post War Belgian Comics. And a True Legend Of His Own Works for he is the One who Started the Legacy of Crime Reporters of News Papers who Spend most of his time fighting crooks and spies rather than simply reporting about them most of his time fighting crooks and spies rather than simply reporting about them Via Gil Jourdan. TCU’s Favourite among these series is Surboum pour 4 roues. Kanavugallin Kadhalan Will tell the Meaning of this title, for those who do Not Understand the exact meaning of it.
Those ComiRades who read each and every one of the Story of Jess Long would find that every one of the story had a Car Chase for for he Loved Car Racing and FATE had it’s Own script for this Master Script Writer. Yes, On 30th Jan 1978, Maurice’s Car was crashed in an accident and he died on account of that. May His Soul Rest in Piece.
Maurice Wrote Jess Long in Spirou Magazine Starting from 1969 and till the Tragic Accident, his Partnership with Pirotan was amongst the best Creative Pairs when it came to Comics.These Jess Long Albums Were Re-Printed again in 1984-85 and that is what collected by TCU. After the Tragic Demise Of Maurice, Pirotan Combined with Various authors such as Jean-Claude Smit-le-Bénédicte, Dom Domi, Dorao or Raes to create Jess Long Stories. Notes on Pirotan are Wonderful to read as he is One of those Who Drunk Life to the Last Drop. Have a Read in the Links provided in the Table and you will never ever forget him.
|Description||Author Of Jess Long Detective Stories||Artist Of Jess Long Detective Stories|
|Pseudonym||Various English Names,Used Only When He Was Artist||None|
|Full Name||Maurice Tillieux||Arthur Piroton|
|Age||56 (7th Aug, 1921 – 2nd Feb 1978)||64 (14th June 1931 – 22nd Jan 1996)|
|Info Links||Home Page, Lambiek, Wiki Pedia||All 21 Books, Biography, Notes|
|Works||Félix, Gil Jourdan, Marc Lebut, Tif et Tondu||Les Crostons, Les Casseurs de Bois|
|Famous For||Writer for Yoko Tsuno, Felix, Gil Jourdan||Creator of Michel et Thierry, Artist of Jess Long|
Piroton is a Man of Interesting Thought Process. Well, what can you say about a Person who says “I Spent My Honey Moon to illustrate a Novel”?. Now then, Piroton was forced to get into furniture business by his parents when they came to know about his interest in Creative arts. They made sure that he chose “Serious” business. And later On when he wrote a Letter to Herge asking advice, the reply opened the gates of immortality in Comics World for Piroton.
The best part is, he is someone who’s art resembles the real life. Check out THIS Page where you can find that almost all the scenario that existed in his artwork was pretty similar to the real life images that he saw and gone through. There Are Plenty on Such Pictures with Comparison and it would be great if you can send a Thanks Message to My Friend Vincent to this id: Guest Book Of Vincent
|Artist Piroton’s Home in Belgiam||Church in Arthur Piroton’s HomeTown||Ouhar Castle in Arthur’s Home Town|
|Jess’s Home-Album 20–Who Killed Jess Long||Old Farm in Album 11-The Christmas Wolves||Castle in Piroton’s Comic - Tolumont|
Before we close this Post, Has anyone noticed the fact that almost all the major characters that we discussed in this Post were either smoking or Holding Pipe in their Hands. Yes, Maurice is Known to be a Smoker and Except for Gil Jourdan, Most of his characters Smoke and so do their Sidekicks.
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Note: Jess Long © Dupuis, ஜெஸ் லாங் © Prakash Publishers.