Étienne Le Rallic
Étienne Le Rallic was one of the most prominent French illustrators and realistic comic artists of the 1930s through the 1950s. His first drawings were published in Le Rire in 1910. Le Rallic was fascinated by horses, which can be seen in much of his work. He fulfilled his military service with the cavalry, and did his first drawings of horses for army publications. Later on, he made humorous drawings for the magazines Le Pêle-Mêle, Le Sourire, La Chronique Amusant, Fantasio, La Baïonette, Le Régiment, La Via Parisienne, Pages Folles, Bagatelle and Frou-Frou, sometimes using the pseudonym Smile.
In 1926, he started working in a more realistic style for the publishing house Montsouris and illustrated novels for magazines such as Guignol, Lisette, and Pierrot. He was additionally present in Lili, Le Bon Point Amusant, L'Intrépide, La Semaine de Suzette and Coeurs Vaillants.
Also using the pseudonym R. Fanny, Etienne Le Rallic created M/F and F/F spanking art illustrations in the 1930s. Those best known are monochrome golden-brown illustrations for the spanking novel La Volupté du Fouet by Armand du Loup (1939).
In 1935, he collaborated with Marijac on 'Les Premières Aventures de Flic et Piaff', a black and white book published by Gordinne. After this first attempt, Le Rallic devoted himself more and more to comics. Starting in 1938, he has contributed to a great variety of magazines, including Pierrot ('Le Réveil des Sioux', 'Josélito', Un Spahi'), Hurrah! ('Le Masque Rouge'), O Lo Lê, Coq Hardi ('Ponchos Libertas', 'Capitaine Flamberge', 'Le Chevalier à l'Églantine'), Pic et Nic, Cadet Journal, France-Soir Jeudi, Sabord and Bob et Bobette.
In the 1940s and 1950s, Etienne Le Rallic devoted himself more and more to comics, and specialized in drawing realistic Western and Colonial Adventure comics. The artist also illustrated children's books and other publications.