Largo Winch is a Belgian comic book series by Philippe Francq and -the talented and well-known- Jean Van Hamme, published by Dupuis.
Largo Winch started as a series of novels by Jean Van Hamme in the late 1970s, but
stopped due to a lack of success and the huge amount of work Van Hamme had in the meantime with other comic books. When Philippe Francq asked Jean Van Hamme to start a new series, he proposed him to revive his old hero, and reworked the novels into the first
albums of the comic series.
In the first two volumes of the series, L'héritier and Le Groupe W, Largo, a young and handsome orphan, is propelled to the head of a business empire, The Group W, after his adoptive father
Nerio is murdered, and goes through a lot of troubles to preserve his inheritance and avenge Nerio.
The principal character is Largo Winch whose birth name is Largo Winczlav. Other main characters include Nerio Winch, his adoptive father, Senior Group
W executives John D. Sullivan and Dwight E. Cochrane, Group W's executive assistant, Miss Pennywinkle, and Largo's best friend, Simon Ovronnaz.
Most of the albums have a common plot: someone is trying to harm or to take control of the Group W from Largo,
and he has to fight to ensure the survival of his holdings.
All the stories of the series are published in two volumes, the first one being the one putting Largo in an impossible situation, and the second one letting him get out of it. The stories appear
originally in French, and have been translated into various languages, including Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, German, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Italian and Tamil. The series is among the most popular comics series in French, with annual sales
of nearly 500,000 copies.
A movie, a TV serie (aired in Belgium, France and Canada) and a video game based on the novels were also released, with less success than the comic books.