Although Alfred Mazure never had any graphic education, he worked as a cartoonist, writer and filmmaker. His first comic, titled 'De Chef (1932)', was published in the Nieuwe Utrechtse Courant and De Prins, but didn't enjoy much success. Mazure then traveled through Europa and Africa from 1933 to 1938. Back in Holland, he reassumed his collaboration with De Prins, and its supplement, Jeugdland.
His next creation, 'Dick Bos', was a detective with a love for martial arts, modelled after Maurice van Nieuwenhuizen, a famous judo-wrestler. The strip appeared in magazines and papers like De Prins (1940), Televizier (1965-68), Avro Bode (1968) and Algemeen Dagblad, but earns its legendary status through the mini-sized comic books.
The 'Dick Bos' comics were published in a rather unusual format - the books are just 7cm broad and 11cm high (3" x 4"), so they could fit into one's pocket. These books were a great success: they have been translated into several languages, they have been made into movies, and into novels (by Mazure himself). This vintage Dutch comic classic was turned into a hilarious parody by Windig and de Jong.
Romeo Brown (Norwegian edition, Illustrert Familieblad, 1957)
Despite the popularity of 'Dick Bos', Alfred Mazure never really got the fame he deserved. Strangled by a cunning contract with one of his first publishers, Alfred Mazure stayed a poor man all his life. Disillusioned, he moved to England after World War II, where he had a career as an illustrator, writer and comic artist.
Among the comics he created for the British market were 'Dad and Egbert' in John Bull and Passing Show, 'Sam Stone' and 'Bruce Bunter' in The Daily Herald from 1948 to 1950, 'Romeo Brown' in The Daily Mirror from 1954 to 1957 (later continued by Jim Holdaway), 'Jane, daughter of Jane' in The Daily Mirror from 1961 to 1963 and 'Lindy Leigh' in Mayfair from 1969 to 1970.
Jane, Daughter of Jane
A letter sent to Lambiek in 1973 by Maz.