Comic Creator

Jan Waterschoot

(15 October 1892 - 22 April 1968, Belgium)  Belgium

Jan  Waterschoot

comic art by Jan Waterschoot

Jan Waterschoot was one of the best Flemish realistic illustrators. His graphic style was inspired by French pre-War illustrators, and he did illustration work for many magazines, such as Zonneland and Haardvriend. He made his comics debut with 'De Reis Van Twee Antwerpse Kleuters', that appeared in Zonneland in 1937. This was followed by 'De Man die Nooit Meer Moe Werd', 'De Gezusters Willekens en de Zwarte Kat' and '4 Jongens Doen de Ronde van België' and 'Johnny, de Weesjongen', stories that appeared in the late 1930s.

Het Goudland, by Jan Waterschoot

After the War, Waterschoot's work appears in the French Franc-Jeu, where he did among others 'Un Drame Chez les Indiens'. He returned to the Flemish comics scene when he began a collaboration with Kleine Zondagsvriend in 1948. There, he created among others 'Het Brigandje' (under the pseudonym Jif), 'Robrecht de Fries' and 'Een Vlaamse Reus in 't Rotsgebergte'. In the 1950s, he is present in Tam-Tam with 'De Grote Zwartrok' with text by J. van Overstraeten. At the publishing house L. Opdebeek in Antwerpen, he drew 5 albums in the series 'Meesterwerken in Beeld', In this collection, he did comic adaptations of 'Jan Zonder Vrees', 'Gullivers Reizen', 'Don Quichotte', 'De 3 Musketiers' and 'De Negerhut van Oom Tom'.

cover by Jan waterschoot

He took on various religious comics for Ons Kerkklokje (Kerkelijk Leven), such as 'Willem van Saeftinge, de Strijdende Monnik' (1953), 'Pius XII, Apostel van de Vrede' (1958). He also did 'Rubens, Kunstenaar en Diplomaat' and 'De Pimpelteentjes op Apenjacht' in the magazine. In MK-Het Weekblad, Waterschoot illustrated comics biographies of among others 'Quiten Metsijs, de Smid van Antwerpen' (1962-63, using the pseudonym Jan Wouters) and 'Pieter Pauwel Rubens, Prins der Vlaamse Schilders'. Apart from comics, Waterschoot also did a lot of illustration work, for instance on the children's book 'Oost-West Thuis Best' by Flora Engels, which featured a girl mouse with the somewhat familiar name of Mieke Muis...

Mieke Muis, by Jan Waterschoot

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