For my 100th post, a study on Spirou and Fantasio hugging, almost-hugging, semi-hugging or quasi-semi-hugging.
You can see that most of the time, it’s Fantasio’s initiative (7x to 5x and 3x both at the same time). Spirou is crushed three times, probably for the comical effect. ‘Mon vieux’ is said three times by Spirou, 'mon ami’, 'mon frêre’, 'mon poteau’, 'mon cher ami’ and 'vieux frère’ is each said once by Fantasio. Two times, it’s suggested they are going to dance (the waltz and the tango). The main reason for hugging is having not seen each other and being worried (6x), followed by being scared or startled (3x). Yes, I really am this obsessed.
There’s nothing unmanly about hugging!
Sources in order: Spirou et les héritiers, Le prisonnier du Bouddha, Les Petites Formats, Bravo les Brothers, QRN sur Bretzelburg, Des haricots partout, Qui arrêtera cyanure?, La Vallée des bannis, the cartoon episode 'L'ecole des petits genies’, the short story Back to the Rédak, Une aventure de Spirou et Fantasio par Émile Bravo: Journal d'un ingéniu, La femme léopard and Paris-sous-Seine.