Bim und Bumbo by Erwin Barta
Bim und Bumbo

Ernö Barta was a Hungarian painter, book illustrator and graphic artist, who has also been active in Austria under the name Erwin Barta. Born in Székesfehérvár, Barta attended the School of Applied Arts in Budapest and continued his studies in Munich. From 1903, besides illustrating, he drew caricatures for the magazine Borsszem Jankó in Budapest. For a short while from 1908, he worked in Berlin and Dresden.

cartoon by Erwin Barta

In the 1920s and 1930s, as Erwin (von) Barta, he was present with his comic 'Bim und Bumbo' in the children's magazine Der Schmetterling, published by Steinsberg in Vienna. He was also drawing for the famous satire magazine Die Muskete, also from Vienna.

Hannibal by Erwin Barta
'Hannibal: geschiedenis zonder woorden' (#21), distributed in Holland by Diana Edition (1939) printed by Calff & Meischke, Amsterdam, presumably from a cinema magazine

Barta later spent 2 years (1938-39) working in The Netherlands, where his comic strip 'Hannibal, the all round sportsman' was distributed to Czechoslovakia and the Scandinavian countries by Diana Edition, the agency of Fritz Gottesmann. An album collection was published in Hungary by Cserépfalvi Kiadó.

Hannibal by Erwin Barta
Hannibal book collection

When his agency, that had set up shop in Amsterdam, lost track of him due to the Nazi occupation, Gottesmann asked the Dutch artist Marten Toonder to ghost Barta's strip in 1939. Barta remained active as a painter and illustrator throughout the 1940s.

After 1945, his works were exhibited in Fészek (Nest) Artists' Club, Budapest.

Erwin Barta, self-portrait

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