Re: RARA-AVIS: Malet and Tardi

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 28 Mar 2007

Most of Tardi�s work is absolutely outstanding and especially some of his non-Malet work...Of course the Brouillard au Pont de Tolbiac (Casterman 82), from Malet�s book, is a standard and several others in that series are too, but consider simply the magnificent Voyage Au Bout de la Nuit from C�line�s famous book (Gallimard-Futuropolis-1988) which is as noir as the book itself, or the 4 volumes saga of the Commune from the book by Vautrin and whose fourth volume was called Le Cri du Peuple and was published by Casterman in 2004, who are a very noir rendition of this dark episode of French history...or his series called Griffu in the magazine BD which had text from JP Manchette... In the world of graphic novels with a connection to crime stories (noir or not) Tardi is a leading figure worlwide for almost 25 years...

For those interested in this graphic novel�s master go and check this website in English: this one also in English with many pictures simply Google Tardi and you�ll find many answers and books in English...

In my mind this as important in the graphic novel/crime stories world as the Hard Looks series and compilations from Dark Horse Comics in early 90�s with text from A. Vachss (then at his best) and many excellent artists...

Le Montois de D�troit

On 3/28/07 5:17 AM, "Juri Nummelin" <> wrote: Mark D:
> "I've never read a Malet novel, but the comics are superb--Tardi does a
> magnificent job capturing the feel of Paris, especially its architecture,
> and I am told that Malet heartily approved of the comics adaptations."
> I've read at least three novels by Malet and I think that Tardi's graphic
> novelizations are much better. Don't really know why this is, but the art
> really adds to the stories that seem to me to be pretty mediocre. Maybe it's
> the translations - two or three in Finnish, one in English. (Furthermore,
> I've had only limited interest in Tardi's non-Malet work. The stories are
> not contradictorily strong enough.)

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