Olivier (Strip, 24-3-1962)
Karel Boumans joined the Vandersteen studios in 1952, after attending the Saint-Luc Institute in Schaarbeek. He started out as a letterer, but eventually took on drawing backgrounds and inking for several humorous series, such as 'De Familie Snoek', ''t Prinske', 'De Vrolijke Bengels' and 'Het Plezante Circus'. He was the main artist of 'De Grappen van Lambiek', that appeared in the Catholic magazine De Bond.
He also was an important collaborator on the 'Suske en Wiske' stories for Tintin. He left the studios in 1959. Boumans then took on 'De Avonturen van Olivier' with scriptwriter Karel Goderis in the magazine Strip from 1961. He continued to work for this magazine (together with Goderis) until 1969, creating such series as 'Roel Harding', 'De Hot Hitters' and 'Bert Crak'. Most of these comics were later reprinted in Ohee.
Boumans also cooperated with Karel Verschuere for the German publisher Pabel-Verlag. When Verschuere left this publisher, Boumans continued to work on such series as 'Tom Berry', 'Schnuffi' and 'Adlerfeder' in cooperation with Spanish studio artists. In 1972 and 1973, he assisted Jef Nys on the backgrounds of 'Jommeke'. He created the series 'De 4 Ka's' in cooperation with Edwin Wouters under the collective pseudonym Wika in magazine 't Kapoentje in 1976. A year later, he took over the series 'De Lustige Kapoentjes' from Hurey. Karel Boumans died in 2003.