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A Year in Comics - February 23rd

Jimmy Torrent & Jari Lorrain - Jari

Raymond Reding was born on February 23rd 1920 in Louviers, Region Haute-Normandie, France, as a son of a Belgian father and French mother, but grew up in Belgium after his family moved from France in 1932.  As a child, he had an avid interest in sport, taking part in numerous tennis tournaments until the onset of the Second World War in 1939.  After graduating, he held several jobs, including paperboy, english teacher, jazz pianist and editor, before he turned to writing novels and theatre pieces.  In 1944 he joined Bravo magazine for which he wrote and illustrated short stories.  For the Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure he created Monsieur Cro, his first comic strip, in 1947.

In 1950, Raymond Reding joined the editorial team of the comic weekly Tintin, where he started out with short stories.  Despite working at Tintin, Reding also submitted a number of shorts for rival publication Spirou, a rare but not uncommon occurence at the time.

Reding's love for sports would manifest themselves in his comic series, starting with Jari, which was first published in 1957.  The comic follows Jari Lorrain, an orphan, whose tennis talents are noticed by British tennis pro and former medical student Jimmy Torrent.  Taking Jari as his ward, the two go on to encounter numerous adventures, both on and off the field.  Between 1957 and 1978, Reding published ten Jari comics.

Even as Jari was being published, Reding started a soccer strip - Vincent Larcher, first published in 1963, recounted the - usually mysterious - adventures of AC Milan forward Vincent Larcher. Between 1963 and 1975, Reding wrote six Vincent Larcher stories.

In the early 1970s, Reding started a third series for the Tintin weekly: Section R, about two former athletes turned investigative journalists.  First appearing in 1971, Reding would write eight stories, taking the character with him to Footy magazine after he left Tintin in 1979.

That same year, Raymond Reding, together with fellow comic artist Françoise Hughes, started the soccer comic Erik Castel for the French comic publication Super As, about a striker who played with FC Barcelona, later transferring to the French club Paris-Saint-Germain.  This would become Reding's most popular strip, with 15 albums appearing between 1979 and 1992.  Following its completion, Reding, then 72 years old, retired from comics.

Raymond Reding passed away in Anderlecht, Belgium, on April 26th 1999, aged 79.


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