Victor Hubinon

Victor Hubinon (26 April 1924 – 8 January 1979) was a Belgian comic-book artist, best known for the series Buck Danny and Redbeard.[2]

Victor Hubinon
Born(1924-04-26)26 April 1924
Angleur, Belgium
Died8 January 1979(1979-01-08) (aged 54)
Villemy, Belgium[1]
Area(s)Writer, Artist
Pseudonym(s)Hubinon, Victor Hughes, Charvick
Notable works
Buck Danny
Awardsfull list


Victor Hubinon was born in Angleur (Now a part of Liège), Belgium in 1924.[3] He studied at the Arts Academy of Liège and fled to England later during World War II, where he served in the Royal Navy. After the war ended, he returned to Belgium and when he was 22, he started working as an illustrator for the newspaper La Meuse. He got a contract with businessman and journalist Georges Troisfontaines, who started the press agency "World Press". There, Hubinon met Jean-Michel Charlier, another illustrator for the agency.[3] They first collaborated on a short comic story, but Troisfontaines created for them a new hero, Buck Danny, about a trio of fictional American pilots in World War II. Troisfontaines dropped out after he had written the first fifteen pages, whereupon Charlier and Hubinon continued it on their own. Quite soon, Charlier quit drawing and specialized in writing the stories, while Hubinon did all the artwork. The strip appeared in Spirou magazine, the comics weekly of publisher Dupuis, and became over the next thirty years one of the most popular and enduring series of the magazine. After 50 years, more than 20 million albums had been sold.[3] Unusual about the series was that it kept very securely up-to-date, with the heroes always flying in the most recent planes and participating in current events.

Hubinon experimented with humoristic, caricatural stories in his early years as a comics artist. He even made one story about Blondin et Cirage, two heroes created by Jijé, but thereafter, the series returned to Jijé, and Hubinon mostly stuck to his realistic work, such as Buck Danny, the biographies of Surcouf, Stanley and Jean Mermoz, and a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Tarawa.[3]

When Charlier, together with a few friends like René Goscinny, created the new Pilote magazine in 1959, he wrote for Hubinon the realistic pirate series Redbeard, which would continue for some twenty years.[3] The pirate crew in this series was the inspiration for their comical counterpart in the other main series of Pilote, Asterix.

In 1977, Hubinon created a new series, La Mouette, with stories by Gigi Maréchal. He died in 1979 from a heart attack, before the second part of the series was finished.[3]


Series Years Volumes Writer Publisher Remarks
Buck Danny 1948–1979 40 Jean-Michel Charlier Dupuis Characters invented by Georges Troisfontaines. Artwork continued by Francis Bergèse
Blondin et Cirage 1951 1 Jijé Dupuis Previous and later albums drawn by Jijé
Fifi 1951 1 Eddy Paape I.P. Bruxelles
Tiger Joe 1951–1977 3 Jean-Michel Charlier La Libre Belgique and Deligne
Tarawa, atoll sanglant 1951 1 Jean-Michel Charlier Dupuis Additional artwork by Albert Weinberg and Eddy Paape: fictionalized account of the Battle of Tarawa
Surcouf 1951–1953 3 Jean-Michel Charlier Dupuis Biographical comic
Stanley 1954–1955 2 Octave Joly Dupuis Biographical comic
Jean Mermoz 1956 1 Jean-Michel Charlier Dupuis Biographical comic
Barbe-Rouge (Redbeard) 1961–1981 18 Jean-Michel Charlier Dargaud Continued by Jijé, Lorg, René Pellerin, Christian Gaty and M. Bourgne
Pistolin 1999 1 René Goscinny Vents d'Ouest The title series of the magazine Pistolin which ran from 1955 to 1958

Awards and honors


  1. "À son enterrement, une mouette dans le ciel". L'Avenir (in French). 13 August 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  2. "301511 Hubinon (2009 FJ5)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  3. De Weyer, Geert (2005). "Victor Hubinon". In België gestript, pp. 127-128. Tielt: Lannoo.
  4. BD Paradisio. "Victor Hubinon" (in French). Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  5. "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 21 September 2019.

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