Amber en Akka, by Rob Peters
Amber en Akka

Rob Peters, born in Drachten, studied at the Academies of both Arnhem (1958-1959) and Rotterdam (1959-1960). Although his comics production is limited, his work does stand out for its original and personal style and its bizarre humor. Some of his work was published under the name Youssouph Ben Houpla-Larry Nightinggale. He started out in 1966-1967 with several bizarre short stories starring 'Meneer Plum', that were published in Robbedoes, as well as its French equivalent Spirou.

Amber en Akka by Rob Peters
Amber en Akka (Robbedoes #1649, 1969)

He continued as one of the few Dutch artists that published in Robbedoes with the funny detective series 'Amber en Akka' (1969-1972) and 'Professor Hilarius' (1972-1973). Some of the scripts of these comics were written by the famous Dutch poet Jules Deelder. Peters's next comic, 'Topsland', about a medieval land with modern, present-day neighbors, was too unconventional for Robbedoes. That is why 'Topsland' appeared in Aloha in 1970 and 1971, and in Mimo in 1972.

Professor Hilarius, by Rob Peters
Professor Hilarius

Rob Peters, who had lived on Ibiza since 1966, cancelled his comics activities in the late 1970s to become a freelance animator in the United States. He later settled in Rotterdam, where he worked as a fine artist and illustrator. Between 1985 and 2004 he has made illustrations for magazines like Playboy and Nieuwe Revu, and the publishing house De Bezige Bij. Fascinated by the Bismarck ship and his disastrous maiden voyage, Peters spent many years of his life working on Bismarck-themed art. With his knowledge of the Bismarck, he won the Dutch TV quiz 'De 64.000 gulden vraag' in 1991.

Topsland by Rob Peters

Last updated: 2013-12-29

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