Rebecca Watson is the founder of the Skepchick Network, a collection of sites focused on science and critical thinking. She has written for outlets such as Slate, Popular Science, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. She’s also the host of Quiz-o-tron, a rowdy, live quiz show that pits scientists against comedians. Asteroid 153289 Rebeccawatson is named after her (her real name being 153289).
“Clifton and the Spies” (French: “Clifton et les Espions”) is the third adventure of the comic character Colonel Harold Wilberforce Clifton and the last one that was drawn by Macherot. In this story, an old friend of Colonel Clifton is suspected of being a spy.
“Asterix and the Goths” (French: “Astérix et les Goths”) is the third volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). It was first published in 1963 in French. In this story Getafix attends the conference of the druids in the forest of the Carnutes and gets kidnapped by Goths. They want him to help them to conquer the Roman Empire with his magic potion. But Asterix and Obelix are on their way…
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“The Purple Smurfs” (French original: “Les Schtroumpfs Noirs”) was in chronological order the first own adventure of the Smurfs, that first was published as a mini comic book, then re-edited to full size in 1963. In this story one of the Smurfs gets bitten by a mosquito and turns into a violent purple Smurf.
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“Lucky Luke’s Lookalike” (French: “La Sosie de Lucky Luke”) is a Western comic drawn by Belgian artist Morris. It was published in episodes in the Spirou Magazine from 1947 to 1948. In this story Lucky Luke encounters his doppelganger, who’s up to no good.
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“Spirou at the North Pole” (in French in three parts: “Spirou fait du cinéma”, “Spirou chez les Esquimaux”, and “Chez les trappeurs”) is an adventure of the Belgian bellhop that appeared in Spirou Magazine between November 1940 and March 1941. It was drawn by Belgian artist Joseph Gillian after Spirou’s creator Robert Velter was taken prisoner of war. The circumstances under which the adventure was created were anything but favorable…
“The Escapees” (French: “Les Évadés”) is the second adventure in the comic the series of “The Little People”. Drawn by Seron, this scenario was written by Albert Desprechins. It is about two inhabitants of the city of the Little People who escape from prison and want to go to the “Big Ones”.
“Clifton in New York” (French: “Clifton à New York”) is the second adventure of the british detective Harold Wilberforce Clifton from 1960, drawn by Belgian artist Macherot. In this story Clifton is asked to investigate the case of a kidnapped actor in New York.
“Asterix and the Golden Sickle” (French: “La Serpe d’Or” = “The Golden Sickle”) is the second volume of the Asterix comic book series. It was first serialized in Pilote magazine in 1960 and is about a trip of Asterix and Obelix to Lutetia to get a new sickle for the druid Getafix.
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“The Flying Smurf” is the first story of the Smurfs that was not published as a mini comic book. It was printed in full size in the anniversary edition of Spirou magazine in 1963, but with twenty pages it is still shorter than later comic books.
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“The Gold Mine of Dick Digger” is Lucky Luke’s second adventure, which was serialized in Spirou magazine in 1947. Morris had developed his cowboy a little further, but the story was still pretty straightforward.
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The Heritage of Bill Money” is the first adventure in the “Spirou” comic series that has a storyline. It appeared in episodes in Spirou magazine between 1938 and 1940, started by artist Robert Velter (Rob-Vel) and finished by Joseph Gillain (Jijé).
The Little People (French original: “Les petits hommes”) are a comic series invented by the Franco-Belgian draftsman and writer Pierre Seron in the 1960s, of which more than 50 albums were originally released (with some spin-offs). It was first published in 1967 in Spirou magazine. In this episode we take a look at the origins and the first adventure of these Little People.
Clifton is a Franco-Belgian comics series in the humorous spy-genre, featuring the exploits of Colonel Sir Harold Wilberforce Clifton. It was created by Raymond Macherot in 1959, and has since passed on to other artists and writers. In his very first adventure, the retired Colonel is looking for a stolen diamond…
URGENT ++++ URGENT ++++ POWER GENERATOR 2287 STOPPED WORKING ++++ EMERGENCY FOR ALL DEPARTMENTS OF ASTROCOHORS CLUB ++++ INVESTIGATION STARTED ++++
Professor Ostap Yefimov activated the screen. “What happened?” he wanted to know. “An explosion,” replied the officer who appeared on the screen. “It looks like the power generator has been malfunctioning for at least four days. Now it’s blown up.” “What about the security mechanisms? Didn’t they work?” “No. We suspect sabotage. All departments are dead at the moment. We have no idea when that will change. But we’re working on it.” “Work faster!” “Yes, sir!”
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