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Michel Vaillant is a Franco-Belgian comic created by Jean Graton. First published in 1957, the series continues to this day, and has even been adapted into an animated series.

The series follows the adventures of Michel Vaillant, a young race-car driver and heir to the Vaillante transportation firm, as he balances racing, his personal life, and the issues faced by his family's firm.


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  • The Ace: Michel Vaillant is one of the world's greatest racers.
  • Meaningful Name: Michel Vaillant is named for automotive pioneer Karl Benz, who was born Karl Friedrich Michael Vaillant.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The series is notable for its heavy attention to the ins and outs of the racing world, and thus often features cameos by real-life racing personalities.
  • Opposing Sports Team: The Leader's team is this for the Vaillante team.
  • Translation Convention: Julie, a friend of the hero, calls out the Big Bad on her lack of respect because she uses "tu" (the French are very rigid about the T–V distinction.) The Big Bad was raised by an English woman in India, whereas Julie is American.
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