A must-have for collectors (yet again)! After the first album featuring the short stories of Buck Danny over the years from 1946 to 1969, the second volume covers the period from 1969 until now.
Published in the magazine “Risque-Tout” (Daredevil) and the “Le Journal de Spirou” (Spirou’s Diary), the short stories about Buck Danny enrich a well furbished collection which now comprises 57 albums. As with the first volume published in June 2020, we find the main character along with his two wingmen, Sonny Tuckson, the guy who makes you laugh, and the rather unassuming Jerry Tumbler. Not to mention the tidbits of technical information and brand new illustrations.
Among the eleven short stories in this second volume, we particularly liked “It was in 1938”, where the young Buck and his two mates destroy a plane through their clumsiness. Another favorite is “The solitary pilot”, which depicts Billy Bishop, a Canadian aviator who shot down no less than 72 planes during the First World War – almost as many as the German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, alias “The Red Baron”.
Somewhat out of step, “That man is a hero” takes the form of a parody where the three main characters talk directly to ………. the artist who created them! Among the other stories, all of which provide good entertainment, “Mission Impossible”, “Space pilot”, “A salty sausage” and “13” are worth mentioning in particular. In short, a real delight for aficionados!
“The adventures of Buck Danny – Short stories, volume 2, 1969-2020.” Jean-Michel Charlier – Victor Hubinon, éditions Dupuis ISBN: 9782361182939.