(b. 1958, Belgium) Éric Maltaite learned the comic trade from his father, Willy Maltaite, better known as Will. He started out helping his father on some of the 'Tif et Tondu' stories. Eventually he teamed up with his father's scenarist, Stephen Desberg, in 1978 to start his own comics production. They started out with humorous series like 'Jules et Gil' and 'La Famille Hérodius'. In 1980 came Maltaite real success with the series '421', about special agent Jimmy Plant (a name derived from Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant).The graphics of the series were at first strongly influenced by the humorous style of Will. Eventually, the artwork turned more realistic, as did the scenarios. Later on, Maltaite also started a collaboration with Denis Lapière to start the exotic series 'Mono Jim'. After quiting '421' and their collaboration with its publisher Dupuis, Maltaite and Desberg continued their cooperation at P & T Productions with the series 'Carmen Lamour'. Together with Jean-Pierre Autheman, Maltaite created the series 'Zambada', which appears at Glénat.