The original artwork and archival documents hitherto kept by the EP Jacobs Foundation have now been entrusted to the King Baudouin Foundation. The objective is to preserve, in a more lasting structure, several hundred original plates, drawings and documents and to ensure that they are passed down to future generations.
For the lover of strip cartoons, the Blake and Mortimer series are an absolute must. On his death in 1986, the Belgian comic book artist Edgar P Jacobs left an impressive œuvre. It was Jacobs’s meeting with Hergé that led him, somewhat belatedly (since he had already enjoyed a career as a baritone) during World War II, to his destiny in the world of comic books. Along with the heroes he created, EP Jacobs became one of the most well-known figures of the 9th art.
Just as it had already became involved in order to save the work of fellow comic book artists François Schuiten and Didier Comès, the King Baudouin Foundation accepted with gratitude the responsibility of caring for this precious collection, a role that fits perfectly with its mission of protecting our heritage. The Foundation’s first task will be to draw up a complete inventory of the documents donated so as to make them accessible to everyone and to encourage initiatives to promote Edgar P Jacobs’s work.