Edgar Pierre Jacobs is one of the masters of Belgian comics, despite his small body of work. His signature series, 'Blake and Mortimer' (1946), only counts 11 albums by his own hand. Together with just one other stand-alone comic book, 'Le Rayon U' (1943), they form his entire oeuvre. All his other artwork was done in function of Hergé's 'Tintin' series, for which he contributed backgrounds, colouring and occasional plot suggestions in the mid 1940s. Yet all his comics are unanimously regarded as masterpieces of European comic book art. 'Blake and Mortimer' follows the suspenseful adventures of two Englishmen, a secret agent and a scientist. The duo gets involved in all kinds of atmospheric mystery thrillers with more fantastical elements like mad science, mind control, time travel, UFO's, Atlantis and the Third World War. A notorious perfectionist, Jacobs spent months preparing himself for each story. Every drawing and every plot element had to be realistic and believable. His obsessive research, beautifully detailed art work and suspenseful narratives made his comics timeless classics. One of them, 'Le Marque Jaune' ('The Yellow "M" ', 1954) has risen to iconic status in the Franco-Belgian comics scene.