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Comic Creator

Henk Kabos

Karel Woud

(21 October 1912 - 28 July 1984, The Netherlands)  Netherlands

Henk Kabos


Tekko Taks en de zoon van het Hemelse Rijk

Henk Kabos was born in Amsterdam, where he also got his artistic education at the Kunstnijverheidsschool. Kabos was employed by the Joop Geesink Studios in 1941, which became the Toonder-Geesink Studios in the following year after merging with the Toonder Studios. Initially, he specialized in animation and collaborated projects like the animated film based on the 'Tom Poes' story 'De Laarzenreuzen'. Later on, he also drew the daily 'Tom Poes' comic strip for four months for the Marten Toonder Studios.

Tekko Taks by Henk Kabos

During the war, both Kabos and Toonder became involved with the illegal magazine Metro, for which Kabos used the pseudonym Karel Woud. Around the same time, he made the illustrations for two books by Jan Gerhard Toonder, 'Keukenkrabbels' and 'Geef Ons Heden Ons Dagelijks Brood'.

Pukkie's Avonturen by Henk Kabos Pukkie's Avonturen by Henk Kabos
Pukkie's Avonturen (Kabouterboekje, 1943)

After the war, Kabos started his famous series 'Tekko Taks' in the newspapers De Nieuwe Nederlander and Trouw, together with James Ringrose, who inked and co-wrote the strip. He continued to draw the strip for the Toonder Studios even after returning to Joop Geesink in 1949. The strip was published in both national and international papers until the 1970s, although no new stories were produced since the mid 1950s.

Tekko Taks by Henk Kabos

At Geesink's Dollywood Studios, Kabos was eventually promoted to art director. He worked on critically praised and award-winning puppetfilm productions like 'Philips' Lamplight Band' (1957), 'Lightconcert in the Zoo' (1963) and films starring 'Dutchy' for the Dutch Dairy Firm in The Hague. Together with animator Cor Icke, he was also responsible for the 'Loeki de Leeuw' stop-motion films that were broadcasted during commercial breaks on Dutch television from 1972.

Tekko Taks by Henk Kabos

Other creations by Kabos are two series of 24 picture books for peppermint brand Faam from Breda, the first being 'Generaal Trip' (1948), the second 'Kapitein Brul Boei' (1949). Then there was 'Pukkie Planta', an advertising strip for the margerine factory Planta, and finally 'Barendje Big', another co-production with Ringrose (signed Rincká), that was published in women's weekly Eva by the Nederlandsche Rotogravure, presumably in the 1960s.

Kapitein Brul Boei by Henk Kabos
Kapitein Brul Boei

Kabos additionally illustrated children's books, as well a couple of booklets in the 'Kabouterboekjes' collection of the Bijenkorf department store in 1943. He has additionally made costume designs for the Dutch National Ballet. Henk Kabos passed away in July 1984.

Barendje Big by Henk Kabos

Henk Kabos in De Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis

Last updated: 2013-07-21

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