Parisian comic artist Frank Margerin studied Applied Arts, and joined Denis Sire's band 'Los Crados' as a drummer. By 1975 he was looking for a job in publishing or illustrating, and he was invited by Jean-Pierre Dionnet to publish his first comics in the magazine Métal Hurlant. His first story was the sci-fi parody 'Simone et Léon', and it was followed by several others, that were later collected in the book 'Frank Margerin présente' in 1978. In 1978 he illustrated 22 pantomime comic strips that came with Malabar chewing gum, as well as 19 pages of advertising comics and 4 postcards, in succession of Philippe Poncet de la Grave. He also did contributions to the monthly humor magazine Rigolo in 1983-84.
Margerin's main character is Lucien - a gentle rocker with a big nose, who made his first appearance in 1979. Initially appearing in stories with a character called Ricky, Margerin made comical observations of the life of suburban French rockers in the 1970s and 1980s. The 'Lucien' albums were published by Les Humanoïdes Associés until Margerin moved over to Fluide Glacial in 2008. The author could use his own experiences from rock 'n' roll life, since he himself was a member of Denis Sire's band Dennis' Twist, that consisted of authors from the Humanoïdes label.
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