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1857 - Creation of ROCAMBOLE (exploits in 1840s-1870s).
1863 - Creation of LES HABITS NOIRS (adventures from 1830s to 1860s).
1865 - Gun-Club's MOON LAUNCH.
1866 - Creation of MONSIEUR LECOQ. Prof. Arronax meets CAPTAIN NEMO.
1875 - Return of the FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER.
1880 - The PHANTOM OF THE OPERA strikes.
1886 - ROBUR makes his first appearance.
1894 - Creation of ARMAND LAVARÈDE.
1896 - Saint-Avit falls in love with ANTINEA.
1897 - Creation of JEAN FANFARE.
1898 - Creation of the CORSAIR TRIPLEX.
1900 - Creation of DOCTEUR MYSTÈRE.
1905 - The Art of G. RI. Creation of ARSENE LUPIN.
1906 - DOCTOR OMEGA travels to Mars.
1907 - Creation of ROULETABILLE and of MISS MOUSQUETERR.
1908 - Creation of the NYCTALOPE.
1909 - Creation of SAR DUBNOTAL.
1911 - Creation of FANTÔMAS.
1912 - Creation of DOCTOR CORNELIUS. First MAIGRET investigation.
1913 - Creations of the CHEVALIER ILLUSION and of CHERI-BIBI.
1915 - Production of LES VAMPIRES.
1917 - Creation of JUDEX.
1921 - Creation of FASCINAX.
1925 - First series of ZIG & PUCE adventures in LE DIMANCHE ILLUSTRÉ. Likely start of HARRY DICKSON's most famous cases.
1927 - Creation of BELPHEGOR and of PAUL ARDENT.
1928 - Creation of TIGRIS.
1929 - TINTIN debuts in LE PETIT VINGTIEME. HARRY DICKSON pulps appear in France.
1930 - Creation of FATALA.
1931 - Creation of MISS TÉRIA.
1937 - FUTUROPOLIS is published.
1940 - ELECTROPOLIS is published.
1943 - L'EPERVIER BLEU (the BLUE HAWK) debuts in SPIROU. The RAYON U is launched in BRAVO. OTOMOX appears in PIC & NIC. First case for NESTOR BURMA.
1944 - LA GRIFFE GRISE (THE GREY CLAW) debuts in LE MOUSTIQUE. FEN-CHU strikes.
1945 - The PIONEERS OF HOPE debut in VAILLANT. PAO TCHEOU spreads terror.
1946 - First BLAKE & MORTIMER story appears in TINTIN. FANTAX is launched. DURGA RANI debuts in FILLETTE. FULGUROS debuts. KAZA THE MARTIAN begins in OK. First RADARIUS. The WAR AGAINST EARTH is published in COQ HARDI. TOM X debuts.
1947 - SALVATOR appears in TARZAN and JEAN D'ARMOR in WRILL. First RADAR. First ROCAMBOLE comics. ROCAMBOLE film.
1948 - SATANAX is launched. First ARSENE LUPIN daily strip in FRANCE-SOIR. ATOMAS appears in MON JOURNAL.
1949 - TAROU and MISTER X are launched. ROCAMBOLE daily-strip begins in LE PARISIEN LIBERE. STANY BEULE appears in FILLETTE. ROC METEOR debuts in HEROIC-ALBUMS.
1950 - Creation of ARABELLE THE LAST MERMAID in daily strips in FRANCE-SOIR.
1951 - FURAX radio series is launched.
1953 - THE CONQUERORS OF SPACE are launched in METEOR. THE CAT debuts in HEROIC-ALBUMS. BOB MORANE novels begin. KIM DEVIL starts in SPIROU.
1954 - Second ROCAMBOLE daily-strip in LE PARISIEN LIBERE.
1955 - BIBI FRICOTIN goes to Mars. BLACK BOY, son of FANTAX, makes his first appearance. MONSIEUR CHOC becomes TIF & TONDU's arch-nemesis in SPIROU. DAN COOPER debuts in TINTIN.
1956 - Another ARSENE LUPIN daily strip in LE PARISIEN LIBERE. First MONSIEUR LECOQ daily strip. ALAIN CARDAN debuts. BUREAU OF THE UNSEEN written (but stories take place later).
1957 - JACQUES FLASH debuts in VAILLANT. FANTÔMAS and FURAX daily strips begin. FRANKENSTEIN novels are launched.
1958 - NIC & MINO debut in MICKEY. SUPER BOY starts in SUPER BOY. ADVENTURES IN SPACE appears in HONDO. L'OMBRE fights crime. First adventures of MICHEL.
1959 - First BOB MORANE graphic novel. NICK JORDAN novels are launched.
1960 - PEGG, XING & XOT debut in SPIROU. The animated series JOE is launched on TV. Second MONSIEUR LECOQ daily strip in LE PARISIEN LIBERE.
1961 - DOCTOR FU-MANCHU daily-strip begins. ONKR debuts in MICKEY. First exploits of FANTÔMETTE.
1962 - ALAIN LANDIER begins in TINTIN. BARBARELLA debuts in V MAGAZINE. Second ROCAMBOLE film.
1963 - ZEMBLA is launched. TENEBRAX and the CASTAWAYS IN TIME appear in CHOUCHOU. TITAN is launched. ZIG & PUCE return in TINTIN. JUDEX film.
1964 - First MADAME ATOMOS novel. JOHNNY SPEED is launched. ROCAMBOLE and ROULETABILLE star in their own comics. FANTÔMAS film series with Jean Marais debuts. ROCAMBOLE television series.
1965 - NEPTUNE debuts in PAMPA. SATANIK, the French translation of the Italian fumetti KILLING, debuts. BELPHEGOR television series and daily strip. BOB MORANE television series. LANGELOT novels are launched.
1966 - LONE SLOANE begins. JODELLE is launched. LUC ORIENT and the SKBLLLZ debut in TINTIN. The POPULAR AEROMEDON starts in PILOTE.
1967 - VALERIAN and SUBMERMAN debuts in PILOTE. VINCENT LARCHER and OLYMPIO begin in TINTIN. PRAVDA appears in HARA-KIRI. UHU-MAN is launched. LES HABITS NOIRS television series.
1968 - First MADAME ATOMOS comics in ATOMOS. GUN GALLON and RAKAR debut in ZEMBLA. OLIVIER RAMEAU and HYPER X appear in TINTIN. TOM BOLAH starts in SPIROU.
1969 - WAMPUS and MISTER SONG (aka CLASH) are launched in WAMPUS. MR. MAGELLAN debuts in TINTIN. The saga of the B.I.D.E. is launched. SILVER SHADOW appears in SPECIAL-KIWI. First MEPHISTA.
1970 - BOB LANCE begins in OMBRAX. LE PILOTE NOIR appears in SPECIAL-RODEO, MAX TORNADO and OCEANIA in SPECIAL-KIWI, and REX in NEVADA.
1971 - THORKAEL debuts in PILOTE. First ARSENE LUPIN television series. First LEONOX.
1972 - FUTURA is launched with JALEB, HOMICRON, and the TIME BRIGADE. FRANKENSTEIN comics in HALLUCINATIONS.
1973 - ASTER and THE OTHER debut in FUTURA.
1974 - WAKI is launched. LARRY CANNON and JEFF SULLIVAN debut in FUTURA. The NAVIGATORS OF INFINITY daily strip begins in L'HUMANITE. The PATROL OF THE DEPTHS is introduced in NEVADA. TIRIEL is launched.
1975 - KABUR and the BRONZE GLADIATOR appear in KABUR. SIBILLA debuts in FUTURA. SUPER MATOU is launched in PIF.
1976 - ADELE BLANC-SEC debuts. DICK DEMON appears in ZEMBLA, MORGANE in SPECIAL-ZEMBLA, MAGIC TOM in BLEK, and ZOLT ZAM in NEVADA.
1979 - FELINA begins in CIRCUS.
1980 - A second series of MUSTANG is launched with MIKROS, PHOTONIK and OZARK. KIT KAPPA and PHENIX appear in SPECIAL-RODEO. FANTÔMAS television series. G.-J. Arnaud begins THE ICE COMPANY series.
1981 - COSMO debuts in MUSTANG, and MOTOMAN and MOZAM in SPECIAL-KIWI. First PATRICK MAUDICK graphic novel.
1982 - MALINBOURNE appears in BLEK, and the COMTE DE SAINT-GERMAIN in RODEO.
1984 - RORK debuts in TINTIN. DOCTOR CORNELIUS television series.
1985 - First case involving the MALAUSSENE family. First ROULETABILLE graphic novel series is launched.
1986 - EPSILON, son of MIKROS, debuts in TITANS. First HARRY DICKSON graphic novel series is launched.
1988 - KRONOS debuts in TITANS.
1989 - ARSENE LUPIN and second ROULETABILLE graphic novel series are launched. Second ARSENE LUPIN television series.
1990 - CAPRICORN is introduced in RORK. FANTÔMAS and SHERLOCK HOLMES graphic novel series are launched. STARLOCK debuts in MUSTANG.
1992 - Second HARRY DICKSON graphic novel series is launched.
1996 - Animated ARSENE LUPIN (NIGHTHOOD).
1998 - BOB MORANE animated television series.
2000 - KABUR returns in SPECIAL-ZEMBLA.
2001 - A second series of FANTASK is launched with the returns of HOMICRON, WAMPUS, OZARK and PHENIX. BELPHEGOR film and animated series.