Havank - Hoofden op hol, by Daan Jippes (12/1/2006)
Havank - Hoofden op hol (12/1/2006)

Daan Jippes, born in Amsterdam, began his career with the layout division of publisher De Geïllustreerde Pers in the 1960s. His first comic was 'Hipper' and it appeared in the magazine Revu in 1967 and 1968. He then joined the team of comics magazine Pep, where he did lay-outs and cover illustrations, as well as some installments in the series 'Pepspotters'.

Pepspotter, by Daan Jippes

After a short story in cooperation with Willy Lohmann, Jippes teamed up with Martin Lodewijk to create 'Bernard Voorzichtig'. Only one story appeared of the character, called ' Twee voor Thee'. After publication in Pep in 1972, it was published in book format by Oberon a year later. Jippes worked three years on 'Twee voor Thee' and used a virtuoso drawing style that alternated between influences from the Dupuis school (Franquin) and Floyd Gottfredson's 'Mickey Mouse'. Many Dutch artist still use it as a reference and source of inspiration.

Flintstones cover, by Daan JippesPep cover, by Daan Jippes

While still working for Pep, Jippes illustrated covers and an occasional story for the Dutch Donald Duck weekly and De Flintstones. In 1975, Jippes became art director of the local production of Disney comics. The Dutch production had started in 1969, but gained in quality under Jippes' guidance. Jippes drew many covers, and wrote several stories. He drew some of these stories himself, in a vivid style that nearly had the same quality as Carl Barks' drawings, but he also did only lay-outs, that were finished by artists like Freddy Milton.

Twee voor Thee, by Daan Jippes
Twee voor thee

By 1980, Jippes was asked to work for the Disney Studios in Burbank, California. He was a character designer for Disney films like 'The Black Cauldron' (1984), 'The Rescuers Down Under' (1990), 'The Prince and the Pauper' (1990), 'Beauty and the Beast' (1991) and 'Aladdin' (1991). One of his best known designs is that of Jafar, the villain from 'Aladdin'.

Donald Duck - Patat-à-la-petoet, 1975 (German edition)

While in the USA, Jippes continued to make cover illustrations for Oberon's Disney publications, most notably the series 'De Beste Verhalen van Donald Duck' and 'Oom Dagobert', that collected the Barks comics in book format. He also worked on the US newspaper comics starring 'Mickey Mouse' and 'Donald Duck' in the 1980s.

Mickey, by Daan Jippes
Comic strip from the Duckstadkrant (1973)

By 1999 he returned to The Netherlands to set up Studio Jan Kruis at the editorial offices of magazine Libelle in Hoofddorp, after the retirement of Jan Kruis. In the periods 1999-2000 and 2002-2003, he served as art director and supervised the production of the weekly 'Jan, Jans en de Kinderen' comic, that was drawn by Rob Phielix, Gerben Valkema and Peter Nuyten.

Winnie the Pooh by Daan Jippes
Sketch for a Winnie the Pooh children's book

In 2001, Daan Jippes won the Stripschapsprijs. In that same year he started to write and draw 'Donald Duck' stories directly for the Danish publisher Egmont. Besides his own stories, Jippes redrew the remaining 'Junior Woodchuck' and 'Donald Duck' stories that Carl Barks had written after his retirement, a project he had started for the Dutch publisher in 1992.

Havank by Daan Jippes
Havank - De schaduw op de tast (24/2/2006)

In 2005, he began working on a comics adaptation of the 'Havank' detective stories, which he signs with Danier. The first story, 'Hoofden op hol',  was published in newspaper Algemeen Dagblad and then in album in 2006. A second story started publication in the relaunched Eppo magazine in 2009. Daan Jippes works through his own Studio Lijnlust in Bussum, that he shares with Rob Phielix, Gerben Valkema and Pascal Oost. He continues to make new Duck stories for Egmont, either from his own scripts or in cooperation with Byron Erickson, Don Markstein and Pascal Oost. He has also made a series of 'Goofy' gags in cooperation with Ulrich Schröder and François Corteggiani.

Wailing Whalers by Daan Jippes
1999 version of Carl Barks story 'Wailing Whalers' by Daan Jippes

Wailing Whalers by Kay Wright
Original version by Kay Wright from 1972

Daan Jippes in De Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis


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