Ko Doncker was a Dutch illustrator, comic artist, writer and shadow-player. He was a class mate of Jan Feith, and attended the Kunstnijverheidschool in Haarlem. After his studies, he spent several years in Belgium, England and France, where he worked as a background painter for the World's fair of 1894, a designer of wallpapers and a caricaturist for the satrical magazine Le Rire, respectively. Back in Holland, he was a contributor to the satirical magazine De Ware Jacob, De Groene Amsterdammer and Haarlems Dagblad, and the author of two picture stories starring 'Dr. Mol' in 1900.
He created the comic character 'Piet Pelle' for bicycle factory Gazelle in 1912. This character was used again in the 1950s by Gustaaf Boissevain and is known to this day. Another advertising comic by Doncker was 'De Reis van Mijnheer Haverstok' for the suitcase factory Verweegen & Kok (1912).
comic strip from De Ware Jacob, by Ko Doncker
Doncker introduced the limerick in Holland and was one of the first artists that was successful with his shadow-plays. He died on Easter Saturday in 1917 at the age of 43.
comic strip from De Ware Jacob, by Ko Doncker (1905)