Joseph Franz Hedwig Loeckx, alias Jo-El AZARA was born in 1937 in Belgium.
After learning in Saint-Luc institute in Bruxelles, he met Willy Vandersteen during summer 1953, the creator of Bob and Bobette, after working with him on an album, he become Hergé's assistant in the studios in 1954. He participate into the elaboration of L'affaire Tournesol and Les Bijoux de la Castafiore.
After seven years in Studio Hergé and many collaborations for magazines such as Caravane, Spirou and Le Soir Illustré, he continues to work for the Tintin Magazine where creates a lot of short stories and some series.
He creates TAKA TAKATA in 1965, the little japanese soldier, pacifist and myop, with scenarist Vicq.
In 1969, he episodically draw an episode of CLIFTON on Greg scenario.
Jo-El AZARA also have a huge careet as publicist illustrator. Many french brands have used his talents. He also participed in the elaboration of the Parc Asterix near Paris.
The Napoleon Gallery has the pleasure to show you some pages of TAKA TAKATA's stories by one of the master in humour and drawing.
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