André Juillard is one of the most productive and influential artists of historical comics in France. Born in Paris, Juillard attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and took courses in comics from Jean-Claude Mézières and Jean Giraud. He began his professional career as an illustrator for the children’s magazine Formule 1 in 1974. He also drew the western story ‘La Longue Piste de Loup Gris’ for this magazine, and soon also made his appearance in the other magazines of Éditions Fleurus. He made an adaptation of ‘Roméo et Juliette’ with Jacques Josselin for the Fleurus girls’ magazine Djin.
Juillard created his first historical series, starring the knight ‘Bohémond de Saint-Gilles’, in cooperation with scriptwriter Claude Verrien in Formule 1 in 1976. Following the death of the writer, the scripts were subsequently written by Pierre Marin from 1977. At the same time, Juillard created twelve comic stories with ‘Isabelle Fantouri’, a doctor with the World Health Organization, in cooperation with writer Josselin for Djin between 1976 and 1980. For the same magazine, he made ‘Les Cathares’ with Didier Convard in 1978. He also produced several short stories for Djin, Fripounet, Joker, Historiques and Okapi.