Peter van Straaten is one of Holland's best known cartoonists. He is especially known for his merciless depictions of the common man, and for his daily newspaper comic 'Vader en Zoon' ('Father and Son'). This comic was a parody of life with generational conflict during the 1960s and 70s and was printed in Het Parool from 1968. Van Straaten had begun his affiliation with Het Parool in 1958, shortly after completing his art studies in Amsterdam. Besides his political illustrations and books on Dutch politics such as 'Bij Ons in het Dorp' and 'De Janboel', Peter has been drawing cartoons of "scenes from daily life of common people" for several decades.
Van Straaten's 'daily life' cartoons have been published in several newspapers and magazines (Het Parool, Algemeen Dagblad) and collected in various cartoon books, while his erotic work was published in Humo and Penthouse. Political cartoons by Van Straaten were published in Vrij Nederland from 1968. Peter van Straaten also produces a day-by-day calendar every year, called 'Peter's Zeurkalender'.
'In Our Little Village' was a metaphor for Dutch society, in which our
prime minister Van Agt had a dual role as pastor and a police officer.
Besides being a talented artist, he is also a gifted writer. For years, his column "Agnes - scenes from a messy life" was one of the most popular features of the weekly magazine Vrij Nederland. Another comic by Van Straaten is the dark and mysterious 'Llewelyn Fflint', that he made in cooperation with Yvan Delporte for Pep magazine in 1972-1973.
Peter van Straaten won the Inktspotprijs for one of his cartoons about Mabel Wisse Smit in 2003. He announced his retirement from his daily cartoon in Het Parool in February 2012. In July 2014, he also cancelled his weekly cartoon for Vrij Nederland.