(b. 17/7/1938, Belgium) Hermann Huppen, who signs with solely his first name, is one of the most popular Belgian artists. He took evening art courses at the Saint-Gilles in Brussels, after which he became an interior designer. It was his brother-in-law Philippe Vandooren (the future editor-in-chief of Spirou) who introduced him to the field of comics. Vandooren assigned him to do a short story for the boyscout magazine Plein-Feu, of which he was the editor at the time. Hermann soon joined the art studios of Michel Greg. At the same time, he illustrated some episodes of 'Les Belles Histoires de l'Oncle Paul' for Spirou magazine.With Greg as his scenarist, Hermann began the adventure series 'Bernard Prince' in Tintin in 1966. While continuing this series, he also did some independent stories, as well as the first episodes of the 'Jugurtha' series (written by Jean-Luc Vernal). In 1969, he took on a second series with Greg, the western 'Comanche'. More dramatic and hard-boiled than for instance 'Blueberry' and 'Jerry Spring', 'Comanche' ranks among the best series in the genre. After ten years, Hermann cancelled his work on these comics to begin series of his own.His first solo comic was the 'Jeremiah' series, which he initially created for the German publisher Koralle. This grim post-apocalyptic fantasy was an instant hit and remains Hermann's most famous work. In later years, Hermann began using direct colors on his 'Jeremiah' pages, which enlarged the series' dark atmospere. For Spirou, he drew the stories about the dreaming boy 'Nic' from 1980 to 1983 (written by Morphée, a pseydonym for Vandooren). He began his second big solo series in 1984: the historical 'Les Tours de Bois-Maury'. At the same time, Hermann joined the Yugoslavian Strip Art Features agency, that distributed his work from then on.Since the early 1990s, Hermann alternated his work on his popular 'Jeremiah' and 'Bois-Maury' series with several independent stories. The first was 'Missié Vandisandi' (1991), that appeared in the Aire Libre collection of Dupuis. He also wrote 'Le Secret des Hommes Chiens' for his son, Yves H. In 1995, he came up with a touching comment on the situation in former Yugoslavia, with 'Sarajevo-Tango', also published at Dupuis. Another Aire Libre appeared in 1999, the western 'On a Tué Wild Bill'. A year later, Hermann teamed up with Jean Van Hamme to create 'Lune de Guerre'. He worked with Yves H. again in 2003, when he illustrated his son's scenario of 'Zhong Guo'.
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