Bonjour, Michel Vaillant! The comic idol has been winning races for over sixty years. Vrrrrroooooom! His creator, the Brussels-based French artist Jean Graton, invented an entire family cosmos around its protagonist and gave the world the Vaillante car brand to boot. A story that echoes through real life: the plot of Michel Vaillant is closely linked to the life of Philippe Graton, son of the famous comic author.
The roots of the heroic epic of Michel Vaillant stretch back to the 1950s. As a young man back in the day, Jean Graton was crazy about motorsports. Graton created Michel Vaillant in 1957, and suddenly the real world of motorsports opened up to him.
Every adventure experienced by Michel Vaillant became its own little epic. Graton created a captivating yet tidy world of attractive people and even more attractive cars. Although every single one of the racing machines driven by Michel Vaillant is an aesthetic object, Jean Graton never dreamt of a career as a car designer.
Info Text first published in the Porsche magazine Christophorus, No. 395.
Sep 29, 2020 at 14:40