Frank Moore, by Hans Borrebach

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

In 1946, Hans Borrebach created his first newspaper comic, 'De Avonturen van Swippie de Zeeman', which was 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

Borrebach went on being 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 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.

Frank Moore, by Hans Borrebach

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