De Generaal (Pep #22, 1974)
Peter de Smet started his career in the 1960s, working for several advertising agencies in Amsterdam, Antwerp and Brussels. At the same time he did comics, selling the first version of his gagstrip 'De Generaal' to magazine Kuifje in 1967. However, the magazine never published it. He then started his medieval series 'Fulco' in Het Kapoentje in 1968. He had to cancel his cooperation with this magazine a year later, due to illness. After his recovery he returned to advertising for a while, until the magazine Pep published the renewed version of 'De Generaal' in 1971. This comic, about a general's continual clumsy attempts to seize power, became his most famous series and ran for several years.
Also for Pep, De Smet illustrated 'Anna Tommy' (text by Yvan Delporte) and the medieval adventure series 'Joris PK'. De Smet drew two stories of this series in Pep from 1972 to 1974, followed by two episodes in Nieuwe Revu, a magazine for which De Smet had already drawn 'Het Hopmysterie'.
He also launched the gag series about the soldier 'Fiedel' in Pep in 1974, and two years later he began the adventure strip 'Het Geheim van de HMS Cornwall' in Mickey Maandblad. Another famous comic by De Smet is the guerilla comic 'Viva Zapapa', that appeared in Eppo and in albums by Lombard.
Parrain, fils & cie (Le Trombone Illustré, 21/4/1977)
De Smet contributed to the Spirou supplement Le Trombone Illustré, as well as Donald Duck weekly ('Otto, Olivier en Oscar') and Panorama ('Anno 3000'). He also continued to work as an advertising artist, doing among others two comic albums of 'De Diamannetjes' for Diamant deepfrying fat.
Otto, Olivier en Oscar
In the 1980s, he contributed 'Morgenster en Durandel' to Robbedoes, and continued 'De Generaal' in Titanic. In 1985, he got the Stripschapsprijs for his entire oeuvre. Peter de Smet died on 6 January 2003, after a long illness.
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