Nero

Nero by draughtsman Marc Sleen (real name Marcel Honore Nestor Neels, born on December 30, 1922) gives a perfect overview of political and social life after World War II. Sleen started as a draughtsman of political caricatures. In 1947 he started with his first adventure stories in the paper `De Nieuwe Gids'. His first story was called `Het geheim van Matsuoka' (The secret of Matsuoka). The main figure was detective Van Zwam. But from the fourth album on Nero took the leading part. He was first called Heiremans but under the influence of the Matsuoka-beer he thought he was emperor Nero. Since then the name stayed Nero. Now, in 1995, more than 180 albums are published! You find the atmosphere of the comics in the who's who of the comic.

Who's who in Nero

Nero

Image of Nero

Nero is what we call `a daily paper phenomenon'. He is impulsive, kind-hearted, romantic and sentimental. He has he hero-complex and he visited every country in the world. He is not smart enough to take advantage of his own absurdity but he helps everywhere and everybody but most of all himself. Nero has many acute attacks of self-knowledge and that worry him. In contrast with his son who loves Rimski-Korsakoff and Moussorski, he loves Petula Clark and Brigit Bardot. His credo: you have to laugh before you're happy, otherwise it's possible you die without laughing. He always says: I wish I was a vulcano. Then I could sit still and smoke and everybody would say : Look, he's working again!!

Madame

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Lawful wife of Nero. She loves bying hats. She cries a lot but her tears are of low salt content. Her only, but by far out her greatest speciality, is baking waffles.

Adhemar

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The only son of Nero. Genius. He did speak and smoked pipes in his first day of life! When he was three years old he taught at the university of Cambridge and Oxford. He has invented many rockets and a flying slipper. Adhemar was first Minister of Rachepour but he resigned to go and help his father (like always). He invented all sorts of medicines without any disease that matched them. His credo is: The world is divided in two sorts of people. Those who perform something and those who take the credits for it. Try to belong to the first category, there's less competition.

Mister Pheip

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Looks always as bright and stimulating as a constitution. He has been mayor of a small town, called Moerbeke. Mister Pheip has lots of money, you even may say that he is stinking rich. Money, he says, is the sixth organ of sense, without it you can't use the other five like they should. He is presumptuous with authority. He never says `I leave', but always `Je suis chemin'. He always thinks long before he says something, but the absurdities he then produces are enormous. He also was the first streaker in a comic (De groene slapjanus).

Madame Pheip

Image of Madame Pheip

Symphatic, healthy and candid. She's the type of woman that we call the absolute majority. She's the foster mother of Petoetje and Petatje. She smokes pipes like a locomotive but only the brand `Fleur de Matras' (Flower of a mattress). She can cough loudly in church when she wears a new hat. She has a little speech impedance: she has to stop talking every ten minutes to take a breath.

Tuizentfloot

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First names: Abraham Oscar. The most even-tempered man that ever lived: he's always raving mad. He's an admiral in thoughts, hijacker of profession. The best spoilsport. Shouldn't be lose. Sees an enemy in everyone. Short-tempered in the highest degree. His battle-cry: Ten ... aha ... aanval (At ... aha ... tack). His credo: Those who seems to be idiots, usually are but half of those who doesn't seem to be idiots are all the same.

Clo-Clo

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Claude Pheip, son of big Pheip. Born with a moustache. He owns the biggest gullet of Western Europe. He loves to be carried on the hands or on the shoulders. Conceited but always prepared to escape. He was an infant progidy, but stayed a child when the progidy had gone away.

Petoetje and Petatje

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Inseparable friends. Racism is unknown to them. Petoetje was discovered by Nero and brought back from the island Moea-Papoea in the South Pacific. There Petoetje was the son of a chief who weights about 150 kilograms. He spent his early years between the man-eaters. Petatje was adopted as an orphan by madame Pheip. Both Petoetje and Petatje love adventures but they still have to study a lot (so Nero and the others always tell them). Their credo: Don't do too many stupidities when you're young, later on when you're grown up, you'll have plenty of time for that.

Oliepul

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He is the captain of the ship "His Majesty Pull". He sails all the seas to find fresh air. With a certain punctuality he always arrives on those places where Nero drops into the sea with one of Adhemars rockets or where Nero is shipwhrecked. His credo: I just want to be a solid and very reliable "Deus ex machina" for Marc Sleen.

Jan Spier

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Last and only descendant of Jan Breydel (a famous historical figure in Belgium). He has an enormous power. He can lift up elephants with one hand. Owner of severall stalls of chips and an island in the South Pacific. He was first married with Minoetje, but years later Marc Sleen made a mistake and wrote that he was married to Isabelle (who really was the wife of Jef Pedal in the first albums). Jan Spier appears in the comic only now and then.

Stories by Marc Sleen

Before 1950

In De Nieuwe Gids (1947-1950)

  1. Het geheim van Matsuoka
  2. Het B-gevaar
  3. Het Zeespook
  4. Het rattenkasteel
  5. De erfenis van Nero
  6. De blauwe Toekan
  7. De juwelen van Gaga-Pan
  8. De man met het gouden hoofd
  9. De Hoed van Geeraard de Duivel
  10. Moea-Papoea

In Het Volk (1951-1965)

  1. De zwarte Voeten
  2. De bronnen van Sing Song
  3. Het Vredesoffensief van Nero
  4. Beo, de Verschrikkelijke
  5. De Bende van de Zwarte Kous
  6. De Ark van Nero
  7. De ring van Petatje
  8. De Rode Keizer
  9. De Hoorn des Overvloeds
  10. De Gouden Vrouw
  11. De Groene Chinees
  12. Pol, de Pijpegeest
  13. De X-bom
  14. Het ei van October
  15. De Wortelschieters
  16. De Negen peperbollen
  17. De Ijzeren Kolonel
  18. De Granaatslikker
  19. De Vliegende handschoen
  20. Het gebeuren van Bakkendoen
  21. De Pax-Apostel
  22. Operatie Koekoek
  23. Het knalgele koffertje
  24. De Daverende Pitteleer
  25. De Draak van Halfzeven
  26. De zoon van Nero
  27. Het wonderwolkje
  28. De Brollebril
  29. De Nerovingers
  30. De Groene Patreel
  31. Het Kangaroe-eiland
  32. Het B-gevaar (hertekend)
  33. Het Lodderhoofd
  34. De Witte Parel
  35. De Driedubbelgestreepte
  36. De Kille Man Djaro
  37. Het zevende spuitje
  38. De Brief aan Nasser
  39. De Juweleneter
  40. De Kromme Cobra
  41. De Spekschieter
  42. De Krabbekokers
  43. De pijpeplakkers
  44. De Lowie-Treize Kast

In De Standaard (1965- ...)

  1. Het bobobeeldje
  2. Het groene vuur
  3. De Linkadoors
  4. Aboe-Markoeb
  5. Het geheim van Slappe Bizon
  6. De paarse futen
  7. De lolifanten
  8. De matras van Madras
  9. Kouwe Kwibus
  10. Arthur de vetvogel
  11. De Wallabieten
  12. De gouden kabouter
  13. Baringo
  14. Nero tegen de F.F.F.
  15. Toffe Theo
  16. Mama Kali
  17. De blauwe mannen
  18. De woefwasserij
  19. De Nerotiekers
  20. De dolle Dina's
  21. De kakelende kaketoe
  22. Hoed je voor Kastar
  23. De paprikanen
  24. Magelaan II
  25. Zongo in de Kongo
  26. De gele gorilla
  27. De totentrekkers
  28. Iwan, de verschrikkelijke
  29. De ring van Moefti
  30. De rosse rupsen
  31. patati Patata
  32. Zwarte November
  33. Het lachvirus
  34. Prinses Lovely
  35. De mosterd van Abraham
  36. De blauwe blommebloem
  37. Zwoele Charlotte
  38. De man zonder gezicht
  39. De groene slapjanus
  40. De sluikslapers
  41. Ottoman de veertiende
  42. Het kwade oog
  43. De straal van Oemtata
  44. De verdwenen Ming
  45. De kroon van Neptunus
  46. De wensring
  47. De groene gravin
  48. De paardekop
  49. De vleugeltjes van Xopotl
  50. De Jinkaboems
  51. De blauwe walvis
  52. De dolle vloot
  53. De Clo Clo Clan
  54. De wraak van grote Clo
  55. De zesde kabouter
  56. Het geheim van Jan Spier
  57. Hannibal
  58. Mister Nobody
  59. De Kat van Katmandoe
  60. Het theepotje des Konings
  61. De nerobloemen
  62. De planeet Egmont
  63. De zweefbonbons
  64. De smaragdgroene pletskop
  65. Daris doet het
  66. De verdwenen Nero
  67. De V-machine
  68. De P.P. Safari
  69. De grote loebas
  70. Papa Papoea
  71. De vierkante mannen
  72. Het kasteel der zuchten
  73. Het spoor van Zoetendaal
  74. De A-straal
  75. Het gouden hart
  76. De oliespuiter
  77. Allemaal beestjes
  78. De groene steenbok
  79. De Pierewaaiers
  80. De Batavieren
  81. Het monster van Sarawak
  82. De sprekende draak
  83. De zonen van Dracula
  84. Het bierkanaal
  85. De zwarte Toren
  86. De bom van Boema
  87. De ring van Balderic
  88. De terugkeer van Geeraard de Duivel
  89. De gouden patatten
  90. De orde van de wellustige wezel
  91. Koeketiene
  92. De teen van Salomon
  93. De verdorven Stad
  94. Kiwi, de kiwi
  95. Het beest zonder naam
  96. Hela de heks
  97. Okkerdomme
  98. Joske, de wreker
  99. Baraka
  100. De neroberg
  101. De dood van Pietje
  102. De bende van Lamu
  103. Het jaar van Ricardo
  104. De Indiaanse neusfluit
  105. De kleine Pieterman
  106. De geluksbrenger
  107. De verloren zee
  108. De wraak van Nganga
  109. Beo is back
  110. De "Z" van Zottebie
  111. De Adhemar Bonbons
  112. Nerorock
  113. Man van Europa
  114. De verschrikkelijke tweeling
  115. De bibberballon
  116. De Zwarte Piraat
  117. De boze tongen
  118. De gouden hemelkijker
  119. De gladde figaro
  120. De drie wrekers
  121. De grote geheimzinnigaard
  122. Barbarijse vijgen
  123. Wonderboy
  124. De kroon van Elisabeth
  125. De steen van Abraham
  126. De kolbak van How
  127. Doe de petoe
  128. De kolokieten
  129. De hond van Pavlov
  130. De duivelsklauw
  131. De prinses van Wataboeng
  132. IJskoud geblaas
  133. De muurloper
  134. Spook uit de Zandstraat
  135. Het achtste wereldwonder


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