Comic Creator

Ferry Zipper

(11 February 1911, Austria - 28 March 1985, The Netherlands)  Netherlands

Ferry  Zipper

Kabouter Duimelang by Ferry Zipper

Ferdinand Zipper was a multifaceted artist originally from the Vienna area. He was born in Dornbach and attended the Austrian Kunstgewerbeschule until 1931. Initially, he became known for his innovating set designs. He became a resident of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1939, and it was during the war years that he focused on advertising design. He also worked with Wim Bijmoer on the sets of the Hella Haasse play 'Sprookjes' in 1944.

The Amsterdam-based publisher Dico published his book 'Kabouter Duimelang's reis naar de stad', that consisted of woodcarvings with accompanying texts by Zipper's wife Helen. Zipper continued to do illustration work for this publisher in the following years, but also for the series 'Rendeltje's Vertelselboek' by Jeannine de Jong-Snijder van Wissenkerke for De Opbouw in Amsterdam in 1944.

In the 1950s, Zipper made illustrations for children's books and comic stories by A.D. Hildebrand; the latter were printed in the children's section of newspaper Het Parool. He left Amsterdam in 1964 and focused on a life as a fine artist. He passed away during a visit to Austria in 1985.

Last updated: 2013-10-20

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