Jean Tabary

Jean Tabary (5 March 1930 – 18 August 2011) was a French comics artist.

Jean Tabary
Born(1930-03-05)5 March 1930
Stockholm, Sweden
Died18 August 2011(2011-08-18) (aged 81)
Pont-l'Abbé-d'Arnoult, France
Area(s)artist, writer
Notable works
Valentin le vagabond
Corinne et Jeannot


Tabary was born in Stockholm and made his comics debut with Richard et Charlie published in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Vaillant on 5 November 1956.[1][2] For Vaillant (in 1965 renamed Pif) Tabary also drew Grabadu et Gabaliouchtou, and eventually the hit series Totoche in 1959, which produced another series with two if its characters, Corinne et Jeannot, and its own short-lived periodical Totoche Poche. Tabary continued to draw this series until 1976.

In 1962 Tabary began a long-lasting collaboration with René Goscinny, creating the series Les aventures du Calife Haroun el Poussah, first published in Record on 15 January 1962.[3] Shifting its focus and title name to the evil protagonist/anti-hero of the series, Iznogoud became a considerable success, and was eventually adapted into a cartoon TV series.[1] In 1968 the series changed serial publication magazine to Goscinny's Pilote magazine. Valentin le vagabond, another series Tabary initially created with Goscinny, also appeared in Pilote since 1962.

After Goscinny's death in 1977, Tabary continued to create Iznogoud albums. Tabary's own publishing label, at first named Editions de la Séguinière, then Éditions Tabary, continues to publish Tabary work, ultimately albums in the Corinne et Jeannot series, and the most recent Iznogoud volume, La faute de l'ancêtre in 2004.


Series Years Magazine Albums Editor Remarks
Richard et Charlie 1955 - 19620 Vaillant 01 Glénat0
Totoche 1959 - 19760 Vaillant and Pif 14 Vaillant and Dargaud0
Iznogoud 1962–2004 Record and Pilote magazine0 27 Dargaud Scenarios by René Goscinny until 19770
Valentin le vagabond0 1962–1977 Pilote 07 Dargaud Created with Goscinny
Corinne et Jeannot 1966–2005 Pif 07 Vaillant, Dargaud, Tabary0


  1. Lambiek Comiclopedia. "Jean Tabary".
  2. BDoubliées. "Vaillant année 1956" (in French).
  3. BDoubliées. "Record année 1962" (in French).
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