When Dick van de Pol was a child, he loved to read, especially the work of Hans Kresse and Marten Toonder. In 1955, he became a freelance advertising artist. In his spare time, he worked on a strip about prehistoric times. His neighbor advised Van de Pol to take his work to the Swan Feature Syndicate. Here, publisher De Zwaan asked him to work on a Karl May publication. From 1963 till 1968, Van de Pol did the drawing and writing for 'Old Shatterhand'. During the 1970s and 1980s, Van de Pol produced a lot of illustrations. Van de Pol continues to do a lot of artwork, currently for 'Snelle Jelle' and 'Het Zwaard van Ridder Roeland', among others.