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Largo Winch is a Belgianmarker comic book series by Philippe Francq and Jean Van Hamme, published by Dupuis.

The principal character is Largo Winch whose birth name is Largo Winczlav. Other important characters include Nerio Winch (his adoptive father), senior Group W executives John D. Sullivan and Dwight E. Cochrane, and his friend Simon Ovronnaz.

Largo Winch started as a series of novels by Jean Van Hamme in the late 1970's, but stopped due to a lack of success and the huge amount of work Van Hamme had in the meantime with his comic books (e.g. Thorgal). When Francq wanted to start a series with Van Hamme, he revived his old hero, and reworked the novels into the first albums of the comic series. Later, new stories followed.

In the first two volumes of the series, L'héritier and Le Groupe W, Largo, a young and handsome orphan, is propelled to the head of a business empire, Group W, after his adoptive father Nerio is murdered, and goes through a lot of troubles to preserve his inheritance and avenge Nerio.

The following albums are more or less based on the same basic plot: someone is trying to harm Largo's company or to take control of it from him, and he has to fight that someone to ensure the survival of his holdings.

All the stories of the series are published in two volumes, the first one being the one putting Largo in an impossible situation, and the second one letting him get out of it. In addition, both volumes share the same background color on the cover.

The stories appear originally in French, and are translated various languages, including Danish, Dutch, English, German, Portuguese, Serbian and Spanish. The series is among the most popular comics series in French, with annual sales of nearly 500.000 copies.

Albums of the series

The English translation is given when the album title is French.

  1. L'Héritier (The Heir)
  2. Le Groupe W (The W Group)
  3. O.P.A. (Takeover Bid)
  4. Business Blues
  5. H
  6. Dutch Connection
  7. La Forteresse De Makiling (The Makiling Fortress)
  8. L'heure Du Tigre (The Hour Of The Tiger)
  9. Voir Venise... (See Venice...)
  10. ...Et mourir (...And Die)
  11. Golden Gate
  12. Shadow
  13. Le Prix De L'argent (The Price Of Money)
  14. La Loi du dollar (The Law Of The Dollar)
  15. Les trois yeux des gardiens du Tao (The Three Eyes Of The Tao Guardians)
  16. La Voie et la vertu


The volumes are being translated into English and published by Cinebook.

In other media

TV

A TV series based on the comics was launched in 2001 and has aired in English and French. The English edition has aired on Showcase Television in Canadamarker as Largo.

Cinema

A film, directed by Jérôme Salle, was released in France on December 17, 2008.

A documentary, "Largo", directed by Yves Legrain-Crist with Jean Van Hamme and Philippe Francq, has been released in France on Autumn 2007. This film shows how two authors are searching their character and tries to answer this question:"How is created a comic book?" It is available, with English subtitles, directly from the producers through VOD

Video Game

Largo Winch: Empire Under Threat was released in 2002 by Dupuis and Ubisoft. The game is a puzzle based 3rd person RPG with Largo himself as the playable character. The plot of the game follows the usual scenario of Largo Winch epics with his business empire under threat he fights to save it.

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