André Chéret

André Chéret (27 June 1937 – 5 March 2020) was a French comic book artist.[1][2] He is best known for creating Rahan in 1969 alongside Roger Lécureux.

André Chéret
Born27 June 1937
Died5 March 2020(2020-03-05) (aged 82)
OccupationComic book artist


Chéret was placed in the care of farmers in Allier during World War II.[3] Passionate about drawing since his earliest childhood, André Chéret discovered comics through reading illustrated books such as Tarzan (in which are sometimes published strips signed by Burne Hogarth) and Fillette. He also read the jungle girl Durga Râni of René Pellos with his sisters.[4]

In 1952, Chéret found a job in a printing house before working in cinematic advertising. During his military service in 1958 in Germany, he published his first comic strip, Nicéphore Dupont.[5][6]

Chéret published his first comic book, Paulo et la furie du rodéo, on 24 May 1959.[7] He published a comic strip in Cœurs Vaillants from 1959 to 1964.[8] He also drew illustrations for the weekly magazine Radar and for the comic strip Rock l’invincible.[9] From May 1962 until 1969, Chéret drew illustrations for Pif Gadget.[10]

Chéret continued his work for Cœurs Vaillaints until 1968 with the comic Karl.[11] In 1979, the first editions of the Michel Brazier comic were published in Spirou, but the rest of them remained unpublished until 2015.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Chéret married Chantal Sauger in 1951, who illustrated many of his works.[13][14] For over 30 years, the couple lived in La Ferté-Saint-Cyr, and Chéret once served as a municipal councillor.[15] He created the logo for the local primary school, which was renamed after Rahan in April 2017.[16] After Chantal's death in 2017, he moved to Île-de-France.[17] André Chéret died on 5 March 2020 at the age of 82.[18]



  1. ^ "André Chéret, le dessinateur de Rahan, est mort". L'Obs (in French). 5 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Disparition d'André Chéret…". (in French). 5 March 2020.
  3. ^ "André Chéret, le père de " Rahan ", est mort". Le Monde (in French). 6 March 2020.
  4. ^ "CHÉRET André". Fantasleria (in French).
  5. ^ "André Chéret". Lambiek.
  6. ^ "Notice bibliographique". BnF Catalogue général (in French).
  7. ^ "Fripounet et Marisette n°19-21 24 mai 1959". (in French).
  8. ^ "André Chéret". (in French).
  9. ^ "Mireille, un hebdomadaire pour le lectorat juvénile féminin… (quatrième et dernière partie)". (in French). 21 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Bob Mallard (Bob vous parle, Bob Mallard vous parle, Bob Mallard et Puchon)". (in French).
  11. ^ "Karl". (in French).
  12. ^ "Michel Brazier, " petit " frère de Rahan !". (in French). 14 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Rahan, fils d'André et Chantal Cheret, au Chambéry BD". France 3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (in French). 4 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Les aventures du plus grand héros de la Préhistoire !". Hachette Collections (in French).
  15. ^ "Mort d'André Chéret, le dessinateur de "Rahan", qui a longtemps vécu en Loir-et-Cher". La Nouvelle République (in French). 5 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Le fils de Crâo s'expose à La Ferté-Saint-Cyr". La Nouvelle République (in French). 25 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Fichier des personnes décédées". (in French). 17 May 2019.
  18. ^ "André Chéret, le dessinateur de Rahan, est mort". Sud Ouest (in French). 5 March 2020.
  19. ^ Groensteen, Thierry (2003). Primé à Angoulême : 30 ans de bande dessinée à travers le palmarès du festival (in French). Angoulême: Éditions de l'An 2. ISBN 2-84856-003-7.

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