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Famous Luxembourg cartoonist Roger Leiner, father of 'Superjhemp', dead
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Famous Luxembourg cartoonist Roger Leiner, father of 'Superjhemp', dead

29.12.2016 From our online archive
Roger Leiner died on Thursday, aged 61. He was most famous across the Grand Duchy for his drawings of “Superjhemp”, a very Luxembourgish version of Superman who gets his strength from the culinary speciality “Kachkéis”.

(dco/thi/sth) – One of Luxembourg's most famous cartoonists died on Thursday, December 29, aged 61, according to RTL.

Roger Leiner was most famous across the Grand Duchy for his drawings of “Superjhemp”, a very Luxembourgish version of Superman who gets his strength from the culinary speciality “Kachkéis”.

Roger Leiner was born on February 2, 1955 in Wiltz. He soon discovered his passion for the art of drawing and went to the University of Strasbourg to study “arts plastiques”. Married and father of three children, he first works as a public servant at the Ministry of Economy from 1979 to 1986, before becoming an independent illustrator starting from 1987.

He regularly cooperates with newspapers and magazines such as “Lëtzebuerger Land” and “Revue” and in 1988, together with Lucien Czuga, he creates the superhero that would forever mark his career: Superjhemp.

Superjhemp is a seemingly lazy public servant who goes on adventures to protect Luxembourg from evil and peril in his red, white and blue uniform and the help of “Kachkéis” (a kind of melted sticky cheese you can spread on bread) which gives him his superpowers.

Always with a lot of humour and critical about societal and political developments, there are over 30 comic books featuring the adventures of Jhemp Kuddel.

Leiner was one of the few real independent drawers in Luxembourg who managed to make a brand of his name. His drawings and caricatures were ever present and closely linked to a very personal style and note of Leiner.