French Publisher

Georges Dargaud, 79, the publisher who launched France's wildly popular Tintin magazine and Asterix comic book series, died July 18 in Paris. The cause of death was not reported.

In 1948, Mr. Dargaud began a 27-year relationship with the Belgian artist, Herge, to publish Tintin magazine, in which the comic hero and his faithful dog, Milou, narrated news and feature articles written for young people. In 1960, he launched Pilot magazine and used it to introduce such characters as the warrior Asterix, who battled Caesar, and the lonesome cowboy Lucky Luke. The publishing house he founded sells 2 million copies of the 30 original Asterix titles a year written in 33 languages.



Johnny Wayne, 72, who joined Frank Shuster to become part of a comedy act that was well known in the United States as well as their native Canada, died of cancer July 18 in Toronto.

The Wayne and Shuster team began in the 1930s and appeared for years on Canadian television. They became regular guests on the Ed Sullivan Show and also appeared on other U.S. programs. Their routines employed slapstick, pantomime and twists on classic situations and were popular, although occasionally they failed to win critical acclaim.


South Korean President

Yun Po Sun, 92, who served as president of South Korea from August 1960, to March 1962, died July 18 at his home in Seoul. He had diabetes and circulatory ailments.

A strong critic of former president Park Chung Hee, who came to power in 1963 after leading a military coup, Mr. Yun stood trial in 1979 for supporting dissident activities. He devoted the last years of his life to cultural pursuits.