Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Put A Little Pep In Your Step

Wednesday Presentation Day.

Today is the presentation of my new (Dutch) book about the hsteory of the weekly comic magazine Pep. In it's early days, it was mostly know for the covers made for it's many forignbought strips (which included Asterix, Lucky Luke, Batman, Big Ben Bolt and Flash Gordon). Later it became the developing point of the new Dutch comic generation. Here are just a few of the earlier covers and some that show the contributons of the later Dutch artists.


Rich Clabaugh said...

WOW! But Whatta tease Ger! I wanna see the comics INSIDE! Thanks for the post!

Ger Apeldoorn said...

There is more to be seen at the Facebook page of the book, where I show whole pages I couldn't use in the book. It also includes some of the fan art a couple of Dutch current artist did. Like the book, the title of th Fabook page is De Jaren Pep.

Rich Clabaugh said...

Thanks Ger! Looks like a great book!

BTW what are the characters in the last cover of the post? The 2 barbarian looking types, would love to see more of them!

Ger Apeldoorn said...

That's Grote Pyr and his son by Dick Matena. Odly enough the same artist as the earlier Argonautjes cover. Metan started out at Tooner Studio's and tried to get free of it's influence. He started writing his own stuff, getting more and more realistic. It wasn't until he did the sf sttip Virl a couple of years later that he totally broke free. There is a great book out of his work called 100 paginas (pages) Dick. It shows one page of wach of his works and illuminates his remarkable career. An artist worth looking out for. The last couple of year he has been doing integral novel adaptations, 200 to 600 pages books using every line of a novel and still turning it into a comic story. He once proposed doin such a thing with Roald Dahl and Ulysses for the English market but without his reputation (which he has here) it was just seen as too big a risk.