Rasmus by Jorgen Clevin

In Denmark, Jørgen Clevin is mainly remembered as a TV host of Danish children's programs. But he had first made his first mark as a cartoonist. Clevin was working as a schoolteacher, when he launched his comic strip about an ostrich called 'Rasmus' in 1945. It was syndicated throughout the Nordic region by P.I.B. (Presse Illustrations Bureau) in Copenhagen. Although presented as an "educational strip for children and adults" in the agency's folder, through modern eyes, the feature gives a rather politically incorrect representation of Africa.

'Rasmus' became quite popular at the time, and eventually earned Clevin a further career in other media. Because of the extra workload, he had to end his popular strip, much to the dismay of his syndicate. P.I.B. assigned Carla and Vilhelm Hansen to develop a new strip, under the condition that the main character should be called Rasmus. In 1951, their 'Rasmus Klump' was born, who eventually became the best-known Danish comics character of all-time.

Clevin continued to work for Danish radio and television, and made several programs with hobby tips for children. He is also the author of over a hundred picture books and educational booklets, some of which also feature his ostrich 'Rasmus'.

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