Dandy Dol, by Hans A. Husslage
'Avonturen van Dandy Dol'.

Hans A. Husslage was a Dutch illustrator for (children's) books, advertisements and postcards. His comics output was limited to stories like 'Barak 11' in De Humorist (1940), 'De Mensen van Hiernaast' in Butterfly and 'Avonturen van Dandy Dol' in Wereldnieuws.

Early comics career
He was presumably born somewhere in the early 1920s as Johan Antonie Husslage, and spent most of his childhood and working life in Haarlem. His military humor comic 'Barak 11' appeared in De Humorist, the humor supplement of De Spaarnestad's magazine Panorama from 23 November 1939 to 6 June 1940. Later on, he was present in the women's magazine Butterfly with 'De Mensen van Hiernaast' and in a magazine called Wereldnieuws with his funny animal comic 'Avonturen van Dandy Dol'.

Barak 11, by Hans Husslage

Commercial artist and illustrator
From then on, Husslage worked mainly as a commercial artist and illustrator. He is known for a series of postcards depicting funny scenes with children in idyllic, countryside surroundings, published by Mes & Bokhorst in Haarlem. For his commercial work, he often worked together with the advertising designer Hottentot, father of the future comic artist and driving force behind folk music events Koen Hottentot.


One of Husslage's postcards from the 1950s.

He was also active with water sports, and has illustrated the subject for several publications, including ANWB-Waterkampioen magazine and the books 'Kanotochten in Nederland: 70 beschrijvingen van dagtochten' (Hollandia, 1981) and 'Kanotoerisme - Waarom en Hoe??' (Hollandia, 1983) by Jan Eggens. In the late 1980s he made a series of fairy tale picture books for the Dutch HEMA stores, containing 'Vakantie bij de Kabouters' (1989), 'Joepie en zijn vriendjes' (1989), 'Pluim de eekhoorn' (1989) and 'Lentefeest in Kabouterland' (1989).

Later life
In the 1980s Hans Husslage and his wife Rie moved to De Wijk, a village in the province of Drenthe. He retired somewhere in the 1990s.


From: 'Kanotoerisme'.

Hans Husslage at prentbriefkaarten.info

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