Tom Tempo, by Eduard de Rop

Eduard De Rop attended the Antwerp art academy, and took evening courses from the academy of Berchem. He began his career designing furniture, but eventually pursued a career as an advertising artist. He produced many movie posters for the Nelissen agency, and he made some illustrations for the magazines Bolero and Mascotte under the pseudonym Pim. In addition, he did color illustrations for Piccolo. For the advertising agency Hopstaken, he drew the advertising strip 'De Vrolijke Lotgevallen van Hans Snugger en Kwikzilver', that appeared in Gazet van Antwerpen in 1959.

De Rop additionally made the comic 'De Zwarte Boeddha' for the weekly Ons Land in 1958, and contributed the comics 'Clara Detective' (1959), 'Stan Stikker tegen de Raaf' (1959) and 'De Familie Zwanzers' (1960) to the women's magazine Iris under the pseudonym Drope. He drew the gag strip 'Geschipper naast Mathilde', based on the Flemish tv show, in cooperation with E. Decamps in Zondagmorgen from 1960. In the same magazine, De Rop and Decamps came up with 'De Blaffende Stopnaald' under the collective pseudonym Ro-Cam in 1962.

Eduard De Rop was one of Willy Vandersteen's longtime assistants, and has worked on nearly all of the master's series. He joined Studio Vandersteen in 1959, where he started out as an inker on 'Suske en Wiske'. He then drew 'De Lustige Zwervers', 'De Grappen van Lambik' and the final pages of 't Prinske'. In the years that followed, he cooperated on many other series, including 'De Roder Ridder', 'Bessy', 'Karl May', 'De Familie Snoek' and 'Robert en Bertrand'.

Jerom, by Eduard de Rop
Jerom - Wie een put graaft voor een ander (1990)

One of his main occupations was the production of 'Jerom' stories for the German market. When the series was relaunched as 'De Wonderbare Reizen van Jerom' in 1982, De Rop became the series' sole author, and his name was mentioned on the title page from now on. Outside of the Vandersteen studio, De Rop had written and drawn the gag strip based on Karel Weyler's puppet play 'Pats' in the newspaper supplement Patskrant in 1962. De Rop briefly left the studios in 1970 and worked with Karel Verschuere on the western 'Tom Berry' for the German publisher Pabel.

When the 'Jerom' series ended in the late 1980s, De Rop created several stories with his own creation, the detective 'Tom Tempo', in the newspaper Het Volk. He suffered from brain haemorrhage in the 1990s, which left him partially paralyzed. His son Eric De Rop is also a comic artist for Studio Vandersteen.

De Zwanzers, by Eduard de Rop

Suske en Wiske site

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