Ko Doncker was a Dutch illustrator, comic artist, writer and shadow-player. He was a class mate of Jan Feith, and attended the Kunstnijverheidschool in Haarlem. He was a contributor to the satirical magazine De Ware Jacob, De Groene Amsterdammer and Haarlems Dagblad, and author of books like 'De Avonturen van Dr. Mol' (1900).
He created the comic character 'Piet Pelle' for bicycle factory Gazelle in 1912. This character was used again in the 1950s by Gustaaf Boissevain and is known to this day. Another advertising comic by Doncker was 'De Reis van Mijnheer Haverstok' for the suitcase factory Verweegen & Kok (1912).
comic strip from De Ware Jacob, by Ko Doncker
Doncker introduced the limerick in Holland and was one of the first artists that was successful with his shadow-plays. He died in 1917 at the age of 43, while riding his bike from Haarlem to his home in Zuid-Schalkwijk.
comic strip from De Ware Jacob, by Ko Doncker (1905)