Mecki, by Reinhold Escher (1957)

Reinhold Escher was born in Hamburg, German in 1905. He studied painting and decorating, and developed an interest in drawing comics. Escher's first strip was published in newspaper Hamburger Anzeiger in the 1930s and was called 'Peter mit den Mikrophon'. Reinhold Escher found a job with the illustrated weekly Hamburger Illustrierte, where he drew 'Hein Ei'. After the second World War, Escher worked for Swiss magazines and eventually returned to working in Hamburg as a book illustrator and commercial artist.

Mecki, by Reinhold Escher

He created a new comic, 'Mecki', published in the radio- en TV-weekly Hör Zu. The strip was about a cute hedgehog, modelled after the popular character from the animated films of the Diehl Brothers. In the strip, Reinhold Escher added a few new characters to the original story of Mecki, and soon it became so popular that it was assigned a full color page, which lasted from 1951 until 1972. In 1978, the strip was discontinued, but it was revived in 1985 by Volker Reiche. Reinhold Escher died in Switzerland on 9 May, 1994.

Mecki, by Reinhold Escher
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