Le Chevalier Rouge or De Rode Ridder or The Red Knight is a Belgian Flemish comic book series set in medieval Europe. It stars the titular character Johan, the Red Knight, easily recognizable by his red tunic. It appeared six days a week in the newspaper De Standaard and a few other ones. The series are characterized by subseries and stand alone albums (i.e. depicting a story which are not related to any other album as they do not impact the story line or are mentioned in other albums).
The first twelve albums give a general impression of the Johan. He mostly wanders around in medieval Flanders as a lonely noble knight. A common theme in these albums is the investigation of believed-to-be supernatural things and events. Johan investigates these things and comes to the conclusion that these are merely tricks, used to mislead and frighten people. In a few albums he travels around the world . A common theme of these albums is the fascination of Johan for exotic cultures and his strong opposition to slavery. The chronology of the events in the series do not fit the chronology of real world events.
The Red Knight was originally conceived by Leopold Vermeiren as the main character in his short stories in 1946. Willy Vandersteen (most famous for his Spike and Suzy series), in cooperation with Leopold Vermeiren and Karel Verschuere, wrote the first comic in 1959. Verschuere was replaced with Frank Sels in 1963. Until Parcifal (album 43), Willy Vandersteen drew and wrote the story. In 1966 the comic was declining in popularity, and Willy Vandersteen considered ending it. The remaining fans protested, however, and it was decided to continue the comic, written by Karel Biddeloo, who took the comic less in the direction of 'knightly tales' and more in the direction of fantasy and science fiction and more action, much to the displeasure of Vandersteen. Still, the comic remained popular. In 2004, after the 206th album, Biddeloo died, and was replaced with the team of the Dutch writer Martin Lodewijk and the German artist Claus D. Scholtz. From the album De Grot van de Beer (The Cave of the Bear, album 207) onwards, the comic book is made by Claus Scholz (artist) and Martin Lodewijk (scenarist). The style of the series was completely revamped, mainly because the series obtained a more medieval character, and because Scholz has a different drawing style than Biddeloo. Martin Lodewijk wrote stories for De Rode Ridder until 2012, with album 235th being his last. While Martin Lodewijk left in 2012, Marc Legendre replaced Martin Lodewijk in 2013 as a new writer for De Rode Ridder. Marc Legendre made his debut with album 238, The Ordeal.
FRAChevalier rouge (le) - 01 - Les survivants.cbz | 39.6MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VTL
Chevalier rouge (le) - 02 - La Legion perdue.cbz | 45.4MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VUw
Chevalier rouge (le) - 04 - La dame des portes.cbz | 33.7MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VIv
Chevalier rouge (le) - 06 - Les Ningas.cbz | 46.6MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VOM
Chevalier rouge (le) - 07 - Les fugitifs.cbz | 48.0MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VAt
Chevalier rouge (le) - 08 - Carpax, l'homme d'acier.cbz | 33.6MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VSO
Chevalier rouge (le) - 11 - Le Mont Noir.cbz | 48.2MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VDS
Chevalier rouge (le) - 14 - Les otages.cbz | 49.1MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VFS
Chevalier rouge (le) - 15 - Vrykolakas.cbz | 46.3MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VGD
Chevalier rouge (le) - 16 - La brigade ecarlate.cbz | 49.7MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VHB
Chevalier rouge (le) - 17 - Princesse Kin-Lin.cbz | 48.4MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VJA
Chevalier rouge (le) - 18 - Le cobra noir.cbz | 49.6MB | LINK: http://sh.st/b7VKL