Jan van Reek was born in Den Helder. He made his first comics, 'Oom Klaas' and 'Iwan', for the magazine Eva. In 1961, he teamed up with the artist Raymond Bär von Hemmersweil, with whom he created 'Wipperoen', a newspaper text strip that was published in the Dutch Algemeen Handelsblad, as well as in several newspapers in Belgium, France, Spain, Britain and South-Africa.
Van Reek and Bär did the initial sketching and lay-outs together, and then Bär did the finished art and Van Reek focused on the texts. At the end of his life, Van Reek was too ill to contribute to the strips, so the balloon strips for De Telegraaf were made by Bär alone. Jan van Reek passed away in 1994.
Wipperoen en de Ongeluksvogel (Algemeen Handelsblad, 25/8/1964)