Comic Book: La Ribambelle
("Ribambelle" is a French word for "Flock") is a Belgian comic series
created by Jean Roba in 1962. In Dutch this series was translated as De Sliert
Inspired by The Rinkydinks
, the series is centered of the adventures of a team of six kids: Phil (the leader), Dizzy (a black trumpetist), Archibald (a Scottish genius), Atchi and Atcha (Japanese twins, black belts in judo) and Grenadine (the girl). The only reoccuring adult is James, Archibald's butler, who can count as the seventh member of the team. Their main opponents are the Caimans, three little punks who want to make their lives miserable.
The stories are:
- La Ribambelle gagne du terrain (The Ribambelle gains ground): When they learn that the yard they use as a playground is to be sold, the Ribambelle set about trying to get the money to buy it themselves, with advice from a mysterious tramp who has moved into their HQ. But a shady businessman, Grofilou ("Bigrascal"), is also after the ground and employs the Caïmans to deal with the competition.
- La Ribambelle en Ecosse (The Ribambelle in Scotland): When the Golden Thistle, his family's emblem, is stolen by a rival clan, Archibald is summoned to Scotland by his Uncle Angus to recover it and takes his friends with him. But they soon discover that resolving a centuries-old feud is somewhat easier said than done.
- La Ribambelle s’envole (The Ribambelle takes off): There is to be a competition in which the aim is to build a plane which is powered by its pilot. With great excitement, Archibald gets down to the design — even if Dizzy is not too keen on being the flyer. But the Caïmans are also out to build a plane, with no regard for rules or fair play.
- La Ribambelle engage du monde (The Ribambelle recruits): Having failed to take over the Ribambelle's yard due to the traps, the Caïmans decide on a new strategy: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em — then beat 'em". But they've not counted on the Ribambelle's membership tests.
- La Ribambelle au bassin (The Ribambelle at the pond): While pursued by police through the park, a man throws something into the pond. This inspires the curiosity of the Ribambelle, but also the Caïmans.
- La Ribambelle aux Galopingos (The Ribambelle at the Galopingos Islands): Having won a competition to the Galopingos Islands in the Caribbean, the gang discovers that it is only for one person and thus give it to their friend Mister Berlingaud, sweet shop owner and amateur scientist who has never so much as seen the sea. But then Mister Berlingaud mysteriously disappears and so they hurry off to find him. However, an island which includes hostile natives and dragons is not the ideal place for a search.
- La Ribambelle enquête (The Ribambelle investigates): A dealer in second-hand goods tries to discreetly break into the Ribambelle's yard only to fall foul of the traps and is forced to retreat. So when Archibald appears in his shop in order to buy a present for James, the dealer does not hesitate to lock him into a storehouse in order to get the details of the traps' locations. But he's counted without the concern and loyalty of Archibald's friends and the devoted James.
- La Ribambelle contre–attaque (The Ribambelle strikes back): The gang's old enemy, Grofilou, has discovered the reason for Archibald's recent abduction and intends to put it to his own advantage with the help of the Caïmans. This however is the least of the worries of the re-united Ribambelle, especially after Dizzy's quip about Scottish cuisine.
- La Ribambelle reprend du service (The Ribambelle Gets Back to Business): Upon their return from the holidays, the Ribambelle find their old bus in a terrible state and decide that it will have to be disposed of - but James overhears them and gets the wrong idea. Meanwhile, Tatane unleashes his ultimate weapon against the gang: his sister.
The series ended in 1975 because Roba had to focus on Boule et Bill
In 2011, Zidrou and Jean-Marc Krings launched back the series.
La Ribambelle provides examples of:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Atchi and Atcha.
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: Atchi and Atcha are two Japanese children who happen to know martial arts.
- Always Identical Twins and Single-Minded Twins: Atchi and Atcha often talk and move in unison.
- Amusing Injuries: Anyone who get caught in the booby traps.
- Badass Adorable: Atchi and Atcha.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Booby Trap: The kids just love to lay them in their hangout place.
- Cool Old Guy: James.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Grofilou.
- Dumb Muscle: While Tatane is the brain of the Caimans, Rodolphe and Alphonse are the grunts sucking up to him.
- Fiery Redhead: Grenadine.
- Five-Token Band: Phil is the white boy, Grenadine the token girl, Atchi and Atcha are Asian twins, James is a geek and Dizzy is black.
- The Jeeves: James, Archibald's butler.
- Jerkass: The Caimans, but especially Tatane, their leader.
- Limited Wardrobe: Pretty much everyone. However, the more recent releases tend to avert this trope.
- Man in a Kilt: Archibald is a kid in a kilt.
- Name and Name: Atchi and Atcha.
- Named After Someone Famous: Dizzy, the black kid plays trumpet, an obvious shout-out to jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.
- The Napoleon: Tatane.
- National Stereotypes: Archibald, the child of Scottish descent has red hair, is polite and wears a kilt. Dizzy is a black kid who enjoys playing trumpet. Atchi and Atcha are very polite Japanese children who happen to be martial arts experts. These remarks aside they are represented as best friends who don't refer to their racial or cultural backgrounds.
- Nerd Glasses: Archibald.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Grenadine wear red-orange tights with a green skirt. Her more recent look is much different, even breaking away from her Limited Wardrobe.
- Rule of Two: Atchi and Atcha are twins.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Tatane is the leader of the Caimans and the one who call the shots.
- Single-Minded Twins: Atchi and Atcha.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Archibald, the brains of the bunch, wears glasses.
- The Smurfette Principle: Grenadine.
- There Are No Adults: The kids' parents are often mentioned but never appear. Some adults appear and play important roles, but James is the only recurring one.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Rodolphe and Alphonse, Tatane's lackeys.
- Those Wacky Nazis: The villains of La Ribambelle aux Galopingos. Even though it's never explicitely stated, they're still Germans and are based on fugitive nazis like Mengele.
- White Male Lead: Phil.
- Would Hurt a Child: ALL of the adult villains. No exception.