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Comic Creator

Bob Uschi

Viktor Silberberg

(17 May 1911 - 1995, The Netherlands)  Netherlands

Bob Uschi

Don Bom Bassie, by Bob Uschi

Bob Uschi was a Dutch illustrator and pioneering radio maker. Born in Rotterdam as the son of a liberal Jewish German, he moved to Berlin at age 8. He studied medicine, but cancelled his studies during the crisis years and returned to the Netherlands. In 1934, he worked as a sport caricaturist with the Rotterdam newspaper Voorwaarts. Two years later, he went to work for Het Volk.

Abe Lenstra (Heerenveen), Luc van Dam and Smulders (Feyenoord), by Bob Uschi
Abe Lenstra (Heerenveen), Luc van Dam and Smulders (Feyenoord)

He also did illustrations for the Radiogids (VARA). After the War, he founded an art studios with a companion. Ushi's drawings of sportsmen appear in a great variety of newspapers and are very popular.

Willem Tell by Bob Uschi (Radiogids)

He also illustrated books, such as 'Karel Knal en de Wonderschoenen' by H.J. Looman and C.H. Geudeker and 'Don Bom Bassie de Brave Boef' by H.J. Looman. For Het Vrije Volk, he made the comic series 'De Reisavonturen van Jonas Kwistebiebel en Jimmie Link' in 1946.

Jonas Kwistebiebel, by Bob Uschi

In addition to his work as an illustrator, he went to work for the radio in 1948. He is the founding father of the modern Dutch radio documentary, together with Gabri de Wagt. Together, they make a series of talked-about documentaries about among others the medical world. In 1966, he became head of the Radioplays and Documentaries department of the NRU.

Bom Bassie, by Bob Uschi

Later on, he became head Radio Documentaries at the NOS. As an independent documentary maker, he deals with several controversial issues, such as paedophilia, prostitution, suicide and other taboos. For several years, his Radiorama was one of the most popular broadcasts on Dutch radio. He retired in 1980.

Karel Knal, by Bob Uschi

Bob Uschi at beeldengeluid.nl

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