Thijs Slof by Frans Funke Kupper
Thijs Slof

Frans Funke Küpper was a Dutch comic artist, (advertising) illustrator and (watercolor) painter. During the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s  he made several one-shot comics for the Dutch Catholic magazines Kleuterblaadje and Roomse Jeugd.

He was born in 1908 as Franciscus Wilhelmus Aloysius Funke Küpper. He was the youngest son of the Westphalian painter Bernard Anton Funke Küpper, who moved to Rotterdam after marrying a Dutch girl. His brothers Albert Funke Küpper and Theo Funke Küpper had also inherited their father's artistic talents. Frans' career evolved similarly to that of his brother Theo. In 1931, Funke Küpper was employed as an advertising designer by the Rotogravure Maatschappij in Leiden.

Kobus Knol en Thijs Slof, by Frans Funke Kuper
Kobus Knol en Thijs Slof (Roomse Jeugd, 1948)

He moved over to the ad department of De Spaarnestad in Haarlem in 1934. When the studio closed its doors in 1935, he became a freelance illustrator and comics writer for the Catholic children's magazines Kleuterblaadje and (Weekblaadje voor de) Roomse Jeugd, the forerunners of the magazines Okki and Taptoe.

Jan Jokkebrok, van Frans Funke
Jan Jokkebrok

Frans Funke developed himself as a skillful comic artist, who made clever use of contrast, and who mastered both the schematic and realistic drawing styles. Between 1937 and 1942, he drew several serials for Weekblaadje voor de Roomse Jeugd: 'Pukkie's Grote Avontuur' (1937), 'De Tweelingbroers Jan en Jaap Goochem gaan Rentenieren' (1938), 'Kobus Knol en z'n Ros' (1939), 'De Strijd om Kruger's Millioenen' (1940), 'De 12 Ambachten en 13 Ongelukken van Thijs Slof' (1940-41) and 'Het duo Kobus Knol en Thijs Slof op Avontuur' (1941-42). These were followed by 'Kobus Knol en Thijs Slof op avontuur' (1946-1952) en 'Het geheim van de vliegende schotel' (1952-1953) in Roomse Jeugd. After the war, he was mainly working as a painter. He made many trips abroad, including to France, Spain, Greece and Turkey. He passed away in Haarlem in January 1993.

De strijd om Kruger's Millioenen, van Frans Funke
De Strijd om Kruger's Millioenen

Dutch biography in De Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis

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