Le prisonnier du Bouddha

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Spirou et Fantasio #14
Le prisonnier du Bouddha
Cover of the Belgian edition
Date 1960
Series Spirou et Fantasio
Publisher Dupuis
Creative team
Writers Franquin
with Greg
Artists Franquin
with Jidéhem
Original publication
Published in Spirou magazine
  1. 1048 - #1082
Date of publication 1958-1959
Language French
ISBN 2-8001-0016-8
Preceded by Le voyageur du Mésozoïque, 1960
Followed by Z comme Zorglub, 1961

Le prisonnier du Bouddha, written by Franquin and Greg, drawn by Franquin with assistance by Jidéhem, is the fourteenth album of the Spirou et Fantasio series. The story was initially serialised in Spirou magazine before its release as a hardcover album in 1960.


In The Prisoner of the Buddha, Spirou and Fantasio arrive in Champignac to find great changes in the Count's mansion park. A Russian scientist, Nicolas Inovskyev, the co-inventor of a revolutionary and powerful device named the G.A.G., is in hiding fearing the same fate as his American partner Harold W. Longplaying. Longplaying has been kidnapped by the Chinese army, who want his technology, and is being held captive in one of a series of giant statues of the Buddha which line up a valley. Armed with the new invention, the heroes set out to rescue the prisoner, and save the world.


Featured in this album are two seemingly British, twin-like and awkward investigators, in what may be an homage to Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin characters, Dupont et Dupond (Thomson and Thompson).


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