Kari Lente by Bob Mau

Robert Mau was born in Mortsel, and studied Latin, Greek and architecture. He began his career working as an architect, sculptor, painter and illustrator. In the early 1950s, he was an illustrator for De Katholieke Digest, for which he also created the comic 'Tante Zulma'. His comic 'Snoppeke & Kozijn' for Kerkelijk Leven remained unpublished due to a flood at the publishing firm Halewijn in Linkeroever.

Pits en Kaliber by Bob Mau
Pits en Kaliber - De verloren safari

Starting in 1959, he made illustrations and political cartoons for 't Pallieterke, and in 1959 he started a collaboration with magazine Iris/Ons Land ('Piet Velo en Tony', 'De Pagadders'). In that same year, he created his first important comic series, 'Pits en Kaliber', that was published in albums by Algemene Pers, Heideland, Het Goede Boek and Het Volk, as well as in the magazine Ohee.

Kari Lente by Bob Mau
Kari Lente - De Tiran en het Varken

In 1962, his best-known, Franquin-inspired comic debuted: 'Kari Lente'. This series about an adventurous girl journalist and a remarkable animal called Slurfie was first published in Het Gazet van Antwerpen on 12 July 1962.

Pits en Kaliber by Bob Mau
Pits en Kaliber - De verloren safari

Later on, it also appeared in Het Belang van Limburg and Het Friesch Dagblad. Several albums were published by among others De Standaard in Antwerp, and later Knorr and Born, where the series started under the title 'Klarinet & Co'. 'Kari Lente' ran in De Gazet van Antwerpen until 1994.

Kari Lente, by Bob MauPits en Kaliber, by Bob Mau

Laatste update: 2008-08-22

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