Senmoet, de Piraten van de Nijl, door Dick Vlottes
Senmoet en de Piraten van de Nijl

Dick Vlottes started his career with the publishing house ATH, the publisher of the so-called "beeldromans", in the early 1950s. There, he made drawings for 41 issues of the Dutch 'Tarzan' comic, as well as the series 'De Groene Straal'. During this period, he worked freelance for the Toonder Studios.

De Groene Straal by Dick Vlottes

He cooperated on the series 'Tom Poes' and 'Kappie', but also drew two stories of the science-fiction comic 'Martin Evans', which he took over from Thé Tjong-Khing. Between 1959 and 1961 he additionally made his own strip for newspaper Het Vrije Volk, called 'Minter en Hinter'. Vlottes wrote most of the stories of this series himself, but for stories were scripted by Paul Biegel.

Minter en Hinter by Dick Vlottes
Minter en Hinter

Dick Vlottes left the Toonder Studios when former co-worker Ton de Zwaan started his own Swan Features Syndicate. Through this syndicate, he drew comics for the Shell magazine Olidin. His best known creation for this magazine was the young Egyptian 'Senmoet', whose stories were also reprinted in newspapers. Other features for the magazine were 'Wetenswaardigheden over de Ruimtevaart' and 'Botje Boons Avnturen' (with scripts by Harry van den Eerenbeemt).

Leonie het horoscoopmeisje by Dick Vlottes
Leonie het horoscoopmeisje (Tina, 1977)

Vlottes joined the Dutch girls' magazine Tina in 1973. He drew such series as 'Ineke van Rijswijk' and 'Leonie, het Horoscoopmeisje'. In 1975 he was assigned by television magazine Televizier to produce the comics 'De Krakers' and 'De Fabeltjeskrant'.

Ineke van Rijswijk by Dick Vlottes
Ineke van Rijswijk (Tina, 1974)

In addition, he has done cover illustrations for Pep and short stories for De Flintstones ('Top Cat') and Donald Duck (a.o. inking Frits Godhelp's 'Hiawatha' stories). In the 1980s he was mainly involved in advertising work, as well as instructional sports comics. He was also drawing for De Telegraaf, the paper for which he created his current affair sports cartoon strip 'De Krek' in 1987.

Dummetje, by Dick Vlottes (1962)
Dummetje (1962)

De Krek by Dick Vlottes

Dick Vlottes biografie
(in dutch)

Laatste update: 2012-08-04

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