Tom Lucky, Henk Albers

Henk Albers was a legendary Dutch comics artist, best known for his work for magazines like Pep and Donald Duck, but also for the many anecdotes about his lifestyle. When he was still a teenager, Albers got drawing lessons from Wim Lensen at the Toonder Studios. During the War, he remained active for the studio's animation department, together with his buddy Albert van Beek.

art by Henk Albers

After the war, he started to work for magazines like Piet van Elk's Stripfilm ('Jimmy Stone en Chickey Walker' with Joop Elenbaas) and Wim Meuldijk's Ketelbinkie-krant. Also with Elenbaas, he created the comic 'Tom Lucky' for Rotterdam newspaper De Maasbode in 1946. He assisted Siem Praamsma as an inker and co-plotter for a while, and succeeded this artist in newspaper De Waarheid with the comic 'Bassie Bol'. In 1947, he created the "beeldroman" series 'De Kat'. In the following two years, he drew cartoons under the pen name Jerry Milton for the "naughty" magazines Studio Mondeal, Le Chat Noir and Pin-Up Magazine, for which he was even apprehended by the police.

Miss Therie, by Henk Albers
Miss Therie

After having worked in the advertising department of Van Leer's Vaten for a couple of years, he became a freelancer in 1958. He made comics and illustrations for many magazines, including 'Wappe de Kobold' for Haak In (published by the margarine factory Leeuwezegel) and Weekjournaal voor Amsterdam ('De Belevenissen en Avonturen van de Heer Archibald'). 

De Fee Rosalinde, by Henk Albers (Avrobode)
De Fee Rosalinde (AVRObode)

He also illustrated record covers and advertisements, and he also produced a lot of artwork for broadcasting company AVRO. He made artwork for shows like 'Arbeidsvitaminen', and also for revues by Snip & Snap. He also did many contributions to the AVRO Radiobode, such as the comics 'Miss Therie', 'Koos de Matroos' and 'Fee Rosalinde'. Albers later produced the children's page for the AVRO magazine Televizier and also made the comic 'Het Document van Venus' with Paul Biegel for this magazine.

Lucky Luke by Henk Albers
Lucky Luke as Robinson Crusoe (Pep #31, 1970)

In 1959, he traveled through Holland with a cabaret group. He applied for work with publisher De Geïllustreerde Pers and its magazines Donald Duck and Pep in the 1960s. For Donald Duck, he did sections like 'Ditjes en Datjes' and 'Duckstadkrant', as well as 'Silly Symphonies' and cover illustrations. From 1965 he was present in Pep with parodies on fairy tales and a satirical version of 'Lucky Luke'. This eventually resulted in the series 'De Wereld van Lucky Luke', which led to his employment by Dargaud in Paris to make four short stories of 'Lucky Luke' with scriptwriter Yvan Delporte in 1974.

Kobus de Kat by Henk Albers (1975)
Kobus de Kat (Het Parool, 1975)

For the Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool, he made 'Kobus de Kat' with Otto Veenhoven on the occasion of the city's 700th anniversary in 1975. He also cooperated with Veenhoven on four illustrated books starring 'Kootje Kokkel', published by Mulder in 1978. Among his final creations was the mascot of the Dutch comics association Stripschap in the 1980s. After his death, Henk Albers became a cult hero comic artist, not so much for his artistic legacy, but rather for the numerous anecdotes about his lifestyle. His daughter Manon wrote a biography of her father, built up from her own memories and those of colleagues and friends. 'Henk Albers - Een Leven' was published in 2007.

Henk Albers biografie
About Beeldromans
(in dutch)

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