Jacques Lob

Jacques Lob (19 August 1932 – 30 June 1990) was a French comic book creator, known for several comics creations, including Superdupont.

Jacques Lob
Born(1932-08-19)19 August 1932
Paris, France
Died30 June 1990(1990-06-30) (aged 57)
Château-Thierry, France
Notable works
Blanche Épiphanie
Le Transperceneige
AwardsGrand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême, 1986.


Jacques Lob began his career as an illustrator of humorous cartoons that were published in various magazines, until he was advised to focus on his writing by Jean-Michel Charlier.[1] Working for magazines like Pilote, Spirou, and Record in the early 1960s, he wrote material for artists such as Jean-Claude Mézières, Pierre Guilmard, Jo-El Azara and eventually Jijé providing material for Jerry Spring.

Upon meeting Georges Pichard, the two began a partnership that would span several works and a few genres. Initially they produced Ténébrax in 1964, for the short-lived magazine Chouchou; its serialisation continued in the Italian magazine Linus. For Pilote, they produced the family-friendly superhero parody, Submerman. The following series Blanche Épiphanie, serialised in V Magazine in 1968, was of a different character however, and its erotic qualities caused mixed public reaction. In this genre, they also produced Ulysse for Charlie Mensuel in 1969.

In collaboration with Gotlib, in 1972 he created his most famous character, Superdupont. It was first serialised in Pilote, and later in L'Écho des savanes, then drawn by Alexis, and after his death, by Solé.[1]

His 1982 work Le Transperceneige, drawn by Jean-Marc Rochette, was later used as the basis for the works The Explorers (1999) and The Crossing (2000) with Rochette continuing his work, and Benjamin Legrand, editor of the original, contributing the writing. In 2013 the film Snowpiercer was adapted from the work. These works were translated to English in Titan Comics in 2014 under the names Snowpierecer: The Escape and Snowpiercer: The Explorers.[2]

Partial bibliography

Series Artist Years Volumes0 Editor
Ténébrax Georges Pichard 1973 Serg
Submerman Georges Pichard 1976-19780 Glénat
Blanche Epiphanie0 Georges Pichard 1972–1984 6 Serg/Les Humanoïdes Associés/Dargaud0
Ulysse Georges Pichard 1974–1975 2 Dargaud
Superdupont Gotlib/Alexis/Jean Solé/Neal Adams0 1977–1983 4 Fluide Glacial


  1. Lambiek Comiclopedia. "Jacques Lob".
  2. Webster, Andrew (2014-01-28). "This French sci-fi epic took 30 years to translate, and it was worth the wait". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
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