When Jef Nys studied at the Academie van Antwerpen, he was already working for an architect. After his education, he quit this job in favor of working at the AFIM animaton studios. Shortly after the War, Nys participated in a contest held by the satirical magazine 't Pallieterke. This was the start of his career as a caricaturist, cartoonist and comic artist.
Jommeke (Kapoentjesalbum, 1971)
Nys was a staff artist at 't Pallieterke from 1946 to 1954, and he did illustrations, cartoons and caricatures. He also did his first comics for the magazine. His first series was a comical adventure series about a character named 'Kadodderke'. Other early comics were 'Adam Leeft Nog', 'De Familie Kol' and a stop-comic with shadow figures.
Nys did satirical drawings and caricatures for De Volksmacht in 1956/57, and joined Het Handelsblad in 1954, where he created the characters Amadeus and Seppeke. Nys is best known for the 'Jommeke' series, which is very popular among youth in Flanders. The first appearance of 'Jommeke' was on 30 October 1955, as a gag strip in the parish magazine Kerk en Leven. Besides 'Jommeke', he has also produced several realistic biographical comics for Kerk en Leven, like 'De Wondere Jeugd van Pieter Breughel', 'Berten Rodenback', 'Bernadette' and Godelieve van Distel'.
De Schone Avonturen van een Bakkersjongen
Nys took on long adventure stories with the 'Jommeke' character in Het Volk in 1958, while also continuing 'Jommeke' gag pages in 't Kapoentje. He also created the fairytale series 'Lanteen en Schommelbuik' for this magazine in 1963. This series ended after 11 episodes however, in favor of the 'Jommeke' strip. Throughout the years, Jef Nys employed several assistants for his big production, such as Edwin Wouters, Leo Loedts, Edgard Gastmans, Karel Boumans, Hugo de Sterk, Erik de Rop, Wim Haazen, Gerd van Loock en Philippe Delzenne. In 2005, he won the Golden Adhemar for his entire oeuvre during the Turnhout comics festival. Jef Nys remained involved in the production of 'Jommeke' until the very end. He passed away in October 2009.
Langteen en Schommelbuik