Het Manneke by Paul Ausloos

Paul Ausloos is a Belgian photographer, graphic artist and cartoonist. He is most famous as a photographer, but as a cartoonist he is best known for continuing the celebrity comic 'Het Manneke' in 1962.

Paul Ausloos was born in 1927.  Between 1945 and 1950 he studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and was the founder and head of the school's photo studio. From 1950 to 1955 he studied at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp. His graphic career took off in the 1940s when he illustrated stories written by novelist Leopold Vermeiren for Kleine Zondagsvriend, the juvenile supplement of Zondagsvriend. Vermeiren would later gain fame as the creator of 'De Rode Ridder', a series of novels about a brave knight dressed in red. Ausloos and Karel Verschuere both illustrated the stories, before 'De Rode Ridder' was adapted into a long-running comics series by Willy Vandersteen

In 1961 comedian Jef Cassiers made a series of slapstick shorts which were broadcast on BRT 1 (nowadays Eén), the main channel of the Flemish public TV network. They starred a comedic character, simply named 'Het Manneke' ('The Little Man'), performed by Cassiers himself. The same year a newspaper comic adaptation ran in Het Laatste Nieuws and the magazine Kwik. Pil was the original artist behind the series, while Cassiers wrote the gags. In 1962 Ausloos and Mark Payot took over the series. 'Het Manneke' was collected in two books by Zuid-Nederlandse Uitgeverij in 1963. 

Het Manneke by Paul Ausloos

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