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Serge Le Tendre

Serge Le Tendre

Serge Le Tendre was born in Vincennes on the 1st of December, 1946, and discovered in the ‘70s, after a few small illustration jobs, that he was definitely better at scriptwriting than illustrating.

So he abandoned the career he had always dreamed about to start producing scripts for magazines such as Pilote, Antirouille, Fluide Glaciale, Métal Hurlant, Formule 1, Fripounet, and Circus, taking advantage of the drawing skills of Dominique Hé, Annie Goetzinger, Alain Voss, Michel Rouge, Loisel, Max Cabanes, Michel Blanc-Dumont and many others to improve his own craft and style.

This long apprenticeship began to bear fruit in the ‘80s with La Quête de l’oiseau du temps (Dargaud; The Quest for the Time Bird, Titan) illustrated by Loisel; an opportunity to collaborate on the first episodes of Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche with Makyo and Alain Dodier; the series Errances de Julius Antoine for Christian Rossi; and finally Takuan with Emiliano Simeoni, and then Olivier TaDuc, with whom he subsequently created the series Chinaman, published first by Humanoïdes Associés and then by Dupuis (Europe Comics in English 2017).

At the same time, this prolific and versatile scriptwriter pursued his forays into any and all magazines he could: Frilouz, Chic, Astrapi, Je Bouquine, I Love English, etc. He would go on to create the long saga Taï-Dor alongside Rodolphe and Serrano (published by Novedi and Vents d’Ouest), and was included in the prestigious Aire Libre collection in 1992 with L’Oiseau noir, illustrated by Jean-Paul Dethorey.

More recently, the author has put out such acclaimed series as Griffe blanche, a trilogy published by Dargaud (White Claw, Europe Comics 2018), and The Bleiberg Project, also with Dargaud (Europe Comics 2017), alongside artist Frédéric Peynet.