In 2022 we celebrate the 100th birthday of Flemish cartoonist (and bonafide legend) Marc Sleen, as well as the 75th of his most famous creation, Nero. Two very good reasons for the Belgian Post Office to issue two stamps commemorating the event. On one of them we see Nero toasting his “spiritual father”, while the second one shows Sleen returning the courtesy. The stamps are presented in a sheetlet which also features the traditional waffle party that closes off every Nero adventure (and picking up a theme that was used previously for an issue in 2002) .
Illustrations for the stamp and the sheet were created by Dirk Stallaert,who for several years served as Sleen’s assistant.
In addition, the BPost collection for 2022 also includes interesting issues by cartoonist and illustrator Jan De Maesschalk, and by illustrator Sassafras De Bruyn. More information on these issues and release dates on the BPost web site.
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