Henk Albers was a legendary Dutch comics artist, best known for his work for magazines like Pep and Donald Duck, but also for the many anecdotes about his lifestyle. When he was still a teenager, Albers got drawing lessons from Wim Lensen at the Toonder Studios. During the War, he remained active for the studio's animation department, together with his buddy Albert van Beek.
After the war, he started to work for magazines like Stripfilm ('Jimmy Stone', 'Chickey Walker') and Wim Meuldijk's Ketelbinkie-krant. He created the comic 'Tom Lucky' for Rotterdam newspaper De Maasbode in 1946, and a year later, he came up with 'Bassie Bol' in De Waarheid. He assisted Siem Praamsma as an inker and co-plotter for a while. In 1947, he created the "beeldroman" series 'De Kat'. In the following two years, he drew cartoons under the pen name Jerry Milton for "naughty" magazines Studio Mondeal, Le Chat Noir and Pin-Up Magazine, for which he was even apprehended by the police.
After having worked in the advertising department of Van Leer's Vaten for a couple of years, he became a freelancer in 1956. He made comics and illustrations for many magazines, like 'Wappe de Kobold' in Haak In (published by the margarine factory Leeuwezegel) and did many contributions to the AVRO Radiobode ('Miss Therie', 'Koos de Matroos', 'Fee Rosalinde'), as well as Weekjournaal voor Amsterdam ('De Belevenissen en Avonturen van de Heer Archibald'). He also illustrated record covers and advertisements.
De Fee Rosalinde (AVRObode)
In 1959, he traveled through Holland with a cabaret group. He worked for the Dutch Donald Duck weekly from the mid 1960s, where he did sections like 'Ditjes en Datjes' and 'Duckstadkrant', as well as 'Silly Symphonies' and cover illustrations.
Lucky Luke as Robinson Crusoe (Pep #31, 1970)
In 1965 he joined Pep, where he did parodies on fairy tales and a satirical version of 'Lucky Luke', which resulted in the series 'De Wereld van Lucky Luke'. In 1974, he was employed by Dargaud in Paris to make four short stories of 'Lucky Luke' with scriptwriter Yvan Delporte. In Televizier, he made 'Het Document van Venus' with Paul Biegel.
Kobus de Kat (Het Parool, 1975)
For the Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool, he made 'Kobus de Kat' with Otto Veenhoven in 1975. He also cooperated with Veenhoven on four illustrated books starring 'Kootje Kokkel', published by Mulder in 1978. After his death, Henk Albers became a cult hero comic artist, not so much for his artistic legacy, but rather for the numerous anecdotes about his lifestyle. His daughter Manon wrote a biography of her father, built up from her own memories and those of colleagues and friends. 'Henk Albers - Een Leven' was published in 2007.