After leaving school, Andries Brandt started working at a bank. He soon quit, working a variety of jobs until 1938, when he joined the army. He was sent to work in the Limburg mines after the War because he had served in the Waffen SS during World War II. In the 1950s, there was a great demand for comics. Although he had no experience, Brandt was hired as a comic artist by the Marten Toonder Studios in 1955.
Holle Pinkel en Luie Labberdas
Brandt was involved in practically all productions, either as a writer or as an illustrator. Among his many credits are stories with 'Tom Poes', 'Olle Kapoen', 'Panda', 'Kappie', 'Birre Beer', 'Sim en Pans', 'Student Tijloos', 'Joris Valkenier' and 'Marion'. He also wrote stories with 'Little Hiawatha' and the 'Big Bad Wolf' for the Dutch Donald Duck weekly, as well as stories with 'The Flintstones', 'Yogi Bear' and 'De Steenrakkertjes'. He also wrote for foreign clients, such as the German Kauka Verlag ('Fix und Foxi') and the Swedish Semic Press ('Pelle Svanlöss').
Jennifer Scott, with art by Piet Wijn
One comic that was completely Brandt's creation was 'Holle Pinkel', that appeared as both a daily strip until 1961 and as a fullcolor page in De Spiegel in the first half of the 1960s. He wrote and drew it himself initially, but later on, it was illustrated by Piet Wijn. Brandt wrote the text of 'Horre, Harm en Hella', the comic that earned him the greatest fame. From 1963 until 1972, he was director of the comics department at Toonder Studios. In 1972, he settled in Acquoy as a freelance writer. He made the famous sports comic 'Roel Dijkstra' with Jan Steeman, and co-founded the rebellious magazine De Vrije Balloen. He also contributed to Tina ('Stewardess Paula', 'Tina', 'Jennifer Scott' ) and Sjors ('Joris Jofel', 'Professor Breinbreier'). Andries Brandt died in 1985.