Spirou and the Mystery of the Zoo (Spirou et le Mystère du Jardin Zoologique in the original French) is a comic one-pager possibly written by Rob-Vel, and drawn by either him or Luc Lafnet. It features Spirou, Gertrude the Ostrich, Jacko the Parrot, Becar the Peacock and Mrs Encaissetou.
Plot[edit | edit source]
All the feathers in the Zoo of Anvers are going missing, be they on the rump of the birds or on the hats of the ticket-seller. Is Spirou involved? (Well, yes, obviously.)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
This one-pager was released in July of 1938 in Le Journal de Spirou #15 in Belgium. It was reprinted in the Spirou par Rob-Vel collection of all of Rob-Vel's Spirou comics. It has not known an official English printing to this day.
Like many early Spirou one-pagers, it draws heavily from traditional Belgian folklore — in this case, the Gilles of the Carnival of Binges.