French cartoonist, poster designer and animated cartoon director born in Nimes, Franco, on December 30. 1924. After his military service in France and Indochina. Jean Bosc joined the weekly magazine Paris-Match in 1952 and contributed cartoons to other publications as well ( Punch. Esquire, France-Observateur). Many of his drawings have been published in the albums Giorr’a Viktoria, Homo Sapiens, Mori au Tyran (“Death to the Tyrant”), f.es Hoscaves (“Bosc’s Fools,” 1965), Si De Gaulle Ktait Petit (“If De Gaulle Was Short,” 1966), and La FJeur dans T’ous Scs Etats (“Two Flowers” 1968).
All his cartoons show absurd and often cruel incongruity, portraying look-alike, almost interchangsable long-nosed men and children who wait on long lines or walk in funeral corteges or interminable parades. Hose’s long stint in the army is probably responsible for the strong antimilitaristic slant in his work, with officers depicted as heartless fools, sometimes reduced to berib-boned and bemedalled jackets only, and privates seen as inoffensive, mechanical dunces forever performing menial and useless chores. Bosc also directed a few animated cartoons: Le Voyage en Bosca vie (“Travels in Bosc Country”), which won the Emilc Cohl Prize in 1959, and Le Cha’peau (“The Hat”).
the World Encyclopedia of Cartoons 1981