Harry Humus by Danny De Haes
'Harry Humus'.

Danny De Haes is a Flemish comic artist, who has been making comics and cartoons since the age of 12. He made his first work for Dutch amateur comics magazines under the name Tosti, and then made comics like 'Merlina' (1986) - based on the popular children's TV program - and 'Harry Humus' (1988-1994) for Flemish newspapers. He also works as a cartoonist under the name Quack.

Early life
Danny De Haes was born in 1962. While still a kid, De Haes and a friend went to the Flemish comics artist Pom to show him their drawings. The creator of 'Piet Pienter en Bert Bibber' remained a tutor and friend of De Haes in the following years. Pom and his characters Piet Pienter and Bert Bibber have regular guest appearances and cameos in nearly all of De Haes' comics. Pom in turn gave Tosti a cameo in the 'Piet Pienter' story 'Systeem Kleerkast' (1986). To De Haes these first-hand lessons were apparently sufficient enough to refrain from following any official art studies. Instead he studied economical sciences, while publishing his cartoons and comic strips in mostly Dutch-language magazines from 1982 on.

De Buren by Tosti
'De Buren', De Waarheid, 6 November 1984.

Comics career
Signing with Tosti, he was a contributor to amateur comics magazines like Barend Lammes' Fenomeen, Remco de Korte's Rats, Ernst van Veenendaal's TNT and Debuut. His work also appeared in Muziekparade, Blondie, Zozolala and Autokrant. He followed the TNT gang to the comics section of Dutch Communist newspaper De Waarheid, which ran his gag-a-day comic strip 'De Buren' from 6 November 1984 through 30 May 1985. Ernst van Veenendaal published a booklet of Tosti's 'De Buren' in 1984.

For the Antwerp newspaper De Nieuwe Gazet, he drew 'De V van Villa' (1986), an adventure comic based on the popular Flemish children's TV show 'Merlina' (1983-1988), written by the series' scriptwriter Dick Durver (pseudonym for singer and Vlaams Belang politician Jef Elbers). It was published in book format by broadcasting company BRT in 1986. Nine adventures of his own character 'Harry Humus' appeared in Gazet van Antwerpen between 1988 and 1994. The detective 'Harry Humus' had already made a first appearance in the Dutch comics information magazine Zozolala in 1984 (issue 16). The episode 'De Valse Basuras' (1990) was meant as the third 'Harry Humus' albums and the 44th of Pom's 'Piet Pienter en Bert Bibber'. The cross-over was however aborted early in the story. Book collections of 'Harry Humus' were published by Brabant Strip in 2004, and then by 't Mannekesblad from 2005.

De Haes furthermore wrote the gag comic 'Komkommer en Kwel' (1996), which was illustrated by Mark Janssen and appeared in Blik. It starred two bumbling neigbours, of which the tall one was named Komkommer and the short one Kwel. The title was a pun on the expression 'kommer en kwel', invented by Marten Toonder. Since 1996 Danny De Haes participates in several cartoons contests worldwide under the name Quack. Naturally De Haes was one of many Flemish comics artists who made a graphic contribution to the collective tribute album 'Op het Spoor van Pom' (2011), which paid homage to Pom. The page in question, however, was lifted from the third 'Harry Humus' album by De Haes, namely 'De Valse Basura's'. 

De Valse Basuras
'De Valse Basuras', starring Harry Humus, Piet Pienter and Bert Bibber (by De Haes and Pom).

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