Beloved for his creation of Gaston, Spirou and Marsupilami, Franquin may have reached his artistic pinnacle with his classic series of black & white one page strips Idées Noires. Without continuing characters or settings, Franquin's strip relied solely on his words and pictures. He poked fun at the horrors of his age and he made the strips literally as well as figuratively dark: many of the strips are told nearly entirely in black silhouettes!
From the publisher:
Idées Noires by Franquin, the spiritual father of Gaston, Spirou and Marsupilami, reveals a new facet of this wonderfully talented designer put at the service of a ferocious humor, a pinnacle of black humor. Franquin unmasks the hideous faces of our civilized barbarism: nuclear, the death penalty, war, the generals, the arms dealers, the grunts of the Third World and other niceties of the same barrel. And his extraordinary drawings are as black as his ideas. As a tribute to the famous designer, Fluide Glacial combines for the first time the two volumes of Idées Noires (which appeared successively in 1981 and 1984) in order to create this monument of BD: The Complete Idées Noires.