Pipo by Jan van der Voo
Pipo de Clown

Jan van der Voo was born in Barendrecht and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam. His first comic was about the construction of the Rotterdam subway, called 'De Metroriet'. It was published in the free local paper De Havenloods. Van der Voo then continued with the comics 'Baldino' and 'De Kleine Hartog' in Olidin, the publication of petrol company Shell.

Pots, by Jan van der Voo

In the 1960s, he worked in a studio with Jan Kruis and together they made a great many advertising strips, which were published in Donald Duck and other juvenile magazines. This included 'Max' (voor Mars), 'Tim' (for Treets), 'Bounty Eiland' (for Bounty), 'Koos' (for Kodak), 'Mieke en Wouter' (for Milky Way), 'Sjokoprins' (for De Beukelaer' and 'De Broodversierders' (for De Ruijter). He cooperated with Wim Meuldijk on comics starring 'Pipo de Clown' (1969-73) and 'Ketelbinkie' (1974-79) for the Donald Duck weekly in the 1970s.

Ketelbinkie, by Jan van der Voo (1979)

He was a productive artist for the magazine Sjors during the late 1960s and early 1970s, drawing many covers, puzzles, posters and illustrations. He cooperated on the shortlived Jan Kruis production 'Moeps Pepernoot' in the early issues of the society magazine Story. Together with scripwriter Patty Klein, he made the strip 'Pots' for Okki in 1978.

Sjokoprins strip by Jan van der Voo
Advertising comic for Chocoprins, published in Pep

By 1982, Van der Voo emigrated to New Zealand, where he found employment as a political cartoonis with the New Zealand Herald. After a long period of living outside The Netherlands, he returned to his home country in 1997. He returned to the comics scene with the gag series 'Even Een Piraatje' in Myx magazine. He received the Bulletje & Boonestaakschaal for his contributions to the Dutch comics field in 2005.

Pipo, by Jan van der Voo

Jan van der Voo in de Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis
(in dutch)

Last updated: 2013-03-16

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