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Cultural life in Belgium: Spirou

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This series of stamps is dedicated to the famous Belgian comics character. Spirou (Walloon: Squirrel, mischievous) is the main character, of the Spirou et Fantasio and Le Petit Spirou comic strips.

The character was originally created by Robert Velter for the launch of Le Journal de Spirou in 1938. Spirou was originally an elevator operator and bell-boy at the fictional Moustique Hotel. At some point he became a reporter for the eponymous magazine, though he remained dressed in his trademark red uniform.

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