Joseph Loeckx

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Jo-El Azara
BornJoseph Franz Hedwig Loeckx
(1937-05-04) 4 May 1937 (age 83)
Drogenbos, Belgium
Pseudonym(s)Jo-El, Ernest
Notable works
Taka Takata

Joseph Franz Hedwig Loeckx is a Belgian comic book artist. He works under the pseudonym of Jo-El Azara. Important series he has worked on include Clifton and Taka Takata.


Loeckx was born in Drogenbos, Flemish Brabant, near Brussels, Belgium, on 4 May 1937.

Loeckx is sometimes referred to as Joseph-R. Loeckx but this is an error. During his working life, first he used the penname of Jo-El, subsequently Ernest, and thereafter worked as Jo-El Azara, under which name he has drawn most of his comics.

A long career of working with the great names in Belgian and French comics, including Hergé, Macherot, and Uderzo, he was active in publishing his own Taka-Takata albums under his Azéko label.

He lives in South of France close to the Pyrenees. His lifelong partner, Josette Baujot, died on 13 August 2009.[1]


  1. ^ Davison, Phil (5 November 2009). "Josette Baujot obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2009.

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