Frank Moore, by Hans Borrebach
'Frank Moore'.

Hans Borrebach was born in 1903 in The Hague, The Netherlands. He studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts, and went on to practice many artistic disciplines, such as illustration, cartooning, comics, photography and writing. He worked for numerous magazines, including the Lustige Blätter from Germany (from which he was expelled in the 1930s because Hitler's decree abolished foreign staff members), Libelle, Haagsche Post and several automobile magazines. For a supplement of Utrechts Nieuwsblad and in the KRO Kinderkrant, he drew the comic story 'Barbertje's Reis in Spiegelland'.

Barbertjes Reis in Spiegelland, by Hans Borrebach
 'Barbertje's Reis in Spiegelland'. 

In 1946, Hans Borrebach created his first newspaper comic, 'De Avonturen van Swippie de Zeeman', published in Veritas. Two years later, he produced the comic series 'Frank Moore', inspired by Alex Raymond's 'Flash Gordon' and remarkable for its outstanding graphic work and erotic undertone. Only two issues appeared, before it was discontinued because of the anti-comics climate of the 1950s. 

cover by Hans Borrebach (1932)cover by Hans Borrebach
Cover illustrations for Zonneschijn, respectively 1933 issues.

Borrebach was a productive, versatile artist, well-known for his illustrations of the famous 'Joop ter Heul' book series, written by Cissy van Marxveldt, as well as for his pornographic writings, reflecting his own free-spirited lifestyle. At the end of the 1970s, while at an advanced age, he created the erotic comic 'Het Meisjesinternaat', published at Sombrero. Borrebach had his own photo studio at the Scheveningseweg in The Hague. He died in 1991.

Hans Borrebach was a strong influence on Thé Tjong-Khing

Frank Moore, by Hans Borrebach
'Frank Moore'. 

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