Seccotine is a recurring character from the "
Spirou et Fantasio" comics, and the first major female character of the series, a strong-willed reporter. She was created by André Franquin, and made her first appearance in "La turbotraction" serialised in 1953 and published in the album " La corne de rhinocéros" in 1955.Cite web|last=franquin.com|title=Un vie - 1953|url=http://franquin.com/bio/1953.php|language=French]
She is an energetic journalist with a knack for outwitting
Fantasioas they compete to uncover interesting and/or sensational stories, much to his frustration. Because of this, there is always some antagonism between them, though Spirou is much more friendly with her. However, she has also been very helpful, such as during the events in Palombiain " Le dictateur et le champignon", when she helped Spirou and Fantasio send a secret message to the Count of Champignac, and later assisted Spirou with co-piloting a fighter plane to prevent General Zantas (a.k.a. Zantafio) from starting a war.
She was the central character in "
Le nid des Marsupilamis", revolving around her documentary about the life of a Marsupilamifamily in the Palombian jungle
Seccotine disappeared from the series when Fournier took over (her only appearance in Fournier's period was a brief appearance in the Franquin tribute "Joyeuses Pâques, Papa!"). Fournier replaced her with Ororéa, another rival reporter but with whom Fantasio was madly in love, whereas he loathed Seccotine.
La corne de rhinocéros" (Franquin)
Le dictateur et le champignon" (Franquin)
*11. "Vacances sans histoires" (in "
Le gorille a bonne mine") (Franquin)
Le nid des Marsupilamis" (Franquin)
*HS4. "Joyeuses Pâques, Papa!" ("Fantasio et le fantôme et 4 autres aventures") (Fournier)
Aventure en Australie" (Tome & Janry)
La jeunesse de Spirou" (Tome & Janry)
*46. "Machine qui rêve" (Tome & Janry)
*47. "Paris-sous-Seine" (Morvan & Munuera)
"Seccotine" is an old brand of
fish glue, sold in France tubes or in small jars. The character name chosen by Franquin comes from this well-known glue which had a very peculiar smell. This is a kind of "Madeleine de Proust" for all past schoolchildren. The phenomenon was so important that the brand 'Seccotine' has now become a usual common name, or a friendly adjective designating somebody who behaves in a clingy way, like the character who pestily sticks to Spirou and Fantasio.Fact|date=March 2007
Characters in Spirou et Fantasio
* [http://www.spirou.com/spirou/personnages/seccotine/index.htm "Spirou et Fantasio" Les Personnages: Seccotine] spirou.com fr_icon
* [http://www.franquin.com/spirou_fantasio/perso_seccotine_spirou.php "Spirou et Fantasio" Personnages > Seccotine] franquin.com fr_icon;Footnotes
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