Max Cabanes began his career in ceramics and drawing Disney postcards. He did his first comics for Record and Pilote from 1972, and his short stories from this period are collected in the book 'Bain d'Encre'. His real storytelling talent revealed itself in his first series, called 'Dans les Villages' (1976). This poetic series, set in a strange parallel universe, first appeared in Tousse Bourin, but was later continued in Fluide Glacial, Pilote and Charlie Mensuel. At the same time, he created 'Contes Fripons' in Fluide Glacial and 'Le Roman de Renart' with scripts by Jean-Claude Forest from the first issue of À Suivre. For the latter magazine, he also began the series of short stories 'Les Rencontres du 3e Sale Type'.