Fred de Heij studied at the Rietveld Art Academy in the period 1978-83. After his graduation, he began working as an illustrator. He has done illustration work for children's books, like 'Bolke de Beer', and for magazines varying from Donald Duck to Penthouse. His comics have appeared in magazines like Incognito, Taptoe and Penthouse Comix (using the pseudonym Emiel Jansens).
Marloes (Taptoe Winterboek 1991)
For the girl's magazine Tina, he has created the V.O.C. comic 'De Zeemeeuw' and the gag strip 'Fanny'. He self-published 'Filo' in 1997-99, a bizarre smallpress comic centered around a violent clown, full of malice and eroticism, which was strongly influenced by erotic artist Milo Manara. Although he is mainly active as a painter since 2000, he has been regularly active at the comics front since 2005.
Amsterdam-based publisher Xtra has released his erotic thriller 'Afgezaagd' in 2005, as well as some of his older Tina work. De Heij and Xtra also launched his De Heij's own magazine Pulpman, a remarkable mix of horror, pornography, social satire and violence. The title mainly runs De Heij's own comics, including 'Pulpman', 'De Schuilplaats', ''t Landje' and 'Biechten', and editorials, but also the work of artists like Bandirah, Argibald, Aimée de Jongh and Hallie Lama, as well as foreign material. Xtra has published most of these stories in book format, including the English edition of ''t Landje' ('The Little Land') and the crime noir 'Phinny - Rendez-vous' (2012).
Pulpman - Drijfzand (Pulpman #2)
De Heij has also published several erotic books with Divina, such as 'Feestelijke Hoogtepunten' and ''n Net Meisje'. He is additionally present in Eppo with the World War II comic 'Haas', written by the magazine's editor Rob van Bavel.