Born in Beverwijk, Peter de Wit decided he wanted to become a cartoonist at the age of 14. He started out by making the comics magazine Striprofiel together with his friend Gerard Aartsen in Assendelft. He made his debut at age 17 with the strip 'Jochem' in the free paper De Kennemer. Peter went to study Finnish languages, but eventually cancelled his studies to become a professional comics artist. He found employment with the Richards Studio in Amsterdam as a comics letterer.
He joined the publishing house Oberon in 1979, and continued to draw for Eppo magazine and its subsequent incarnations Sjors en Sjimmie Stripblad, Sjosji and Striparazzi until the late 1990s. He started out with the funny western comic strip 'Stampede!', that he drew between 1979 and 1983. This was retitled to 'De Cowboys' in the late 1980s, when the strip was reprinted in the Minetoe comics supplement of newspaper Het Nieuws van de Dag. Under this title, the strip also returned in Sjosji in the 1990s.
Intussen op de redactie... (De Chef/Redactiestripje)
In addition, Peter created a great many other (western) strips for Eppo as a filler for editorial pages, such as 'Kleine Hihahoeha'. De Wit also made Eppo's editorial comic, called 'Redactiestripje', from 1980 to 1983. This strip was later continued in AVRO Wordt vervolg Clubblad (called 'Intussen in de Studio'), Sjors en Sjimmie, Sjosji, Striparazzi and eventually in the comics information magazine Zozolala until 2011. He had his breakthrough with 'De Familie Fortuin', a comic about a dysfunctional family, created by editor Jan van Die in 1985. Ruud Straatman wrote the scripts until 1990, and then Peter did both artwork and scripts until 1998.
De Familie Fortuin
In addition to his work for the Oberon magazines, De Wit made several comics for the Malmberg school magazines. His strip 'Broer en zus' was published in Okki, while Taptoe subsequently published 'Kitty en Koen', 'Huis en Tuin' and 'Woef en Wimpie', the latter two as editorial strips. Through his agent Comic House, he was also assigned to create a comic strip for the Tros magazine Mikrogids, which became 'Vader & Dochter'. De Wit additionally made 'Het Mooiste Vak ter Wereld', a comic about a teacher in French languages in a high school, in Van 12 Tot 18.
Broer en Zus (1989)
He began a longtime collaboration with Hanco Kolk in 1985. Together, they wrote the scripts for 'Gilles de Geus' ('Bryant the Brigand'), a series created and drawn by Kolk since 1983. This series, set in the Dutch Eighty Years' War, is often referred to as the Dutch 'Astérix'. They also created the photo comic 'Mannetje & Mannetje', with themselves in the starring roles, that was published in Sjors en Sjimmie Stripblad/Sjosji from 1988 to 1995. This strip was also adapted in a TV series for VPRO television. In addition, Kolk and De Wit hosted a comics course for the educational broadcasting company Teleac. For Vara TV Magazine, they made the comics version of the television comedy 'Laat Maar Zitten' in 1992.
Woef en Wimpie
In the late 1980s, De Wit and Kolk founded their own publishing label De Plaatjesmaker, through which they published their own series in book format, but also a series of small minicomics by various artists, called the Pincet series. Since 2000, Peter de Wit and Hanco Kolk make the daily newspaper strip 'S1NGLE' for Het Parool. This popular comic strip is now published in over 15 newspapers and it has been adapted into a successful TV series.
Mannetje & Mannetje
De Wit's most famous strip however, is 'Sigmund', a daily comic about a psychiatrist who watches the world around him and who delivers the appropriate cynical comments. It has been published in the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant since 1994 (initially it appeared in the Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws as 'Mijnheerke Psi', where it was considered too cynical). Several book collections of 'Sigmund' have been published, as well as a popular spin-off 'Burka Babes', that was also published in English.
From the mid 1980s until 2007, De Wit had his atelier in Amsterdam. Throughout the years, several artists have worked in "Studio De Wittenkade", including Hanco Kolk, Ben Westervoorde, Floris Oudshoorn and Aloys Oosterwijk. In 1999, de Wit won the Stripschapsprijs, the prestigious Dutch comic award. The 'Bryant the Brigand' album 'The Seven Provinces', was also published in English (2003).
In March and April 2002, there was an exposition of the work of Peter de Wit in Galerie Lambiek. In 2004, a special album was released in the Strip Comic Week, celebrating Peter de Wit's 25 year career in comics.