Donald Duck scenario door Frank Jonker
Script panel for a Donald Duck story, with scribbles by Frank Jonker

Frank Jonker is one of the most productive Dutch comics writers, and probably the one person in the Netherlands who can make a living out of this profession. He is a regular scriptwriter for the Dutch Donald Duck weekly as well as the girls' magazines Tina and Penny. He is furthermore known for his collaborations with Hans van Oudenaarden ('Bob Evers'), IJsbrand Oost ('Max Miller') and Eric Heuvel ('Het Van Walraven-testament', 'Nieuwe vrienden').

Jonker was born in 1965 in Hoogerheide. He studied biochemistry, but decided to focus on a fulltime career in writing in 1990. In 1989 he participated in a scriptwriters contest organized by Donald Duck weekly and comics information magazine Stripschrift. Since then he has written hundreds of stories with nearly every Disney character around. Besides ones with Donald Duck and his family, Jonker has written stories with 'Little Hiawatha', 'Aladdin', 'Robin Hood', 'Gyro Gearloose', 'Winnie the Pooh', 'Jose Carioca', 'Basil the Mouse Detective', etc. His favorite Disney character is 'Mad Madam Mim', whose universe he often combines with characters and settings from classic fairy tales. His stories have all appeared in the Dutch Disney publications by VNU and Sanoma, and have subsequently been syndicated to many other countries. In 1998 and 2000 he has written three long stories for the pocket books of Danish publisher Egmont.


Frank Jonker (on the right) awaiting the arrival of Carl Barks to the Dutch editorial offices in 1994, together with Mau Heymans, Kirsten de Graaf and Bas Heymans

Together with Evert Geradts, Jan Kruse, Ruud Straatman and Mau Heymans, Jonker is one of the most fruitful contributors to the popular weekly, with nearly 1000 stories to his credit. Most of the artwork is provided by Studio Comicup in Barcelona, or by artists like Sander Gulien, Bas Heymans, Mau Heymans, José Ramon Bernado, José Colomer Fonts, Fred Milton and Jaap Stavenuiter. The 34th volume in the album series 'De Grappigste Avonturen van Donald Duck' (2011) was completely devoted to stories by Frank Jonker. Jonker also regulary writes his Disney stories together with Paul Hoogma, and sometimes with Remco Polman or Rob Klein.

Nick en Simon scenario van Frank Jonker
Script page for a Nick and Simon story involving the annual Tina Day

For the same publisher (VNU/Sanoma), Jonker has been a scriptwriter for girls' magazine Tina since 1996. He created the gag strip 'Puck' (1999-2005), which was at first drawn by Pieter Dorst (1999) and then by Paul Hoogma (1999-2002) and Peter FitzVerploegh (2002-2005). He furthermore provided a great many independent short stories, which were illustrated by Carry Brugman, Peter FitzVerploegh, René Bergmans, Aloys Oosterwijk, Fred de Heij, Richard van de Pol or Spanish artists from the Creaciones Editoriales agency, such as Edmond, Purita Campos, Juliana Buch, Maria Barrera, Jesus Redondo, Trini Tinturé, etc. Between 2010 and 2013 he was also one of the writers of the celebrity comic about the Volendam singers Nick and Simon. The other writers were Ruud Straatman, Thom Roep and Bas Schuddeboom, while the art was provided by the Comicup artists Carmen Pérez and Rafa Ruiz. Together with either Saskia Janssen or Cindy Horevoorts, he is a contributor of gags to the series 'Karlijn, Catootje en de Ouders' since 2011. The feature is a spin-off to Jan Kruis' family comic 'Jan, Jans en de Kinderen' from the women's weekly Libelle. The gags in Tina are illustrated by Josep Nebot or Joan Espinach.

Bob Evers door Frank JonkerBob Evers door Frank Jonker

From 2003 to 2009, Frank Jonker worked with Hans van Oudenaarden on a series of comic adaptations of the classic 1950s children's book series 'Bob Evers' by Willy van der Heide. Jonker succeeded Koen Wynkoop, who had adapted the first installment. The series was serialized in newspaper AD and then in comics magazine Eppo, while the five albums were published by Arboris and Boumaar between 2004 and 2010. Frank Jonker took over the scriptwriting of the action comic 'Max Miller' by IJsbrand Oost in Eppo in 2013. In 2016 he also assumed the writing duties of 'De Avonturen van Hel' from the second album for Danker Jan Oreel.

Other comic series written by Frank Jonker are 'Luuk en Lotte' (1997-2001) with Giovanni de Reus and later Gerben Valkema for the Malmberg school magazine Okki, the irregularly appearing gag strip 'Vera en Victor' (1999-) with Remco Polman for Sport- en Vrijwilligerskrant and other publications of NOV, and 'Klein Napoleon' with Dick Heins for Eppo (2009). He has written tie-in comics for the TV shows 'De Club van Sinterklaas' and 'Ernst, Bobbie en de Rest' with Piet Voordes since 2007, and also stories with 'Bert & Ernie' and 'Elmo' for Sesamstraat magazine, with art by Silvio Spotti from the Brazilian Magic Eye Studios.

Max Miller door Frank JonkerHet van Walraven testament

Since 2006 Frank Jonker is also a frequent provider of comics and photo stories for the horse-related girls' magazine Penny by Holco Publications. Among his contributions are the photo comics series 'Duinmanege' (2014), gags with 'Penny de Pony', 'Rakker' and 'EzelPedro', and the serials 'Sarah de Shire' (2012) and 'Hecksehoef' (2012). Holco released the story 'De verdronken paarden van Ameland' (2011) directly in book format. The tale was based on a true story. On 14 August 1979, eight horses died during a storm on the West Frisian island of Ameland, when they were used to pull a rescue boat into the sea.

De verdronken paarden van AmelandDonald Duck

Through Comic House, he has also worked on a couple of comics in commission. For the Dutch Employers' Association, he has made the book 'Het Van Walraven Testament' (2009) with Eric Heuvel, a chronicle of 90 years of labor relations in the Netherlands through the stories of two families: the Volder family represents the unions and the Van Walraven family the employers' organizations. It was followed in 2014 by 'Nieuwe Vrienden' (2014) for the Anne Frank Foundation, an educational story about identity, friendship, prejudice and discrimination. Jonker and Piet Voordes have cooperated once again on a promotional children's book 'De Magische Schatkist' (2013) for Redband candy.

Short text stories by Frank Jonker have appeared in Donald Duck, Okki and the Flemish magazine Zonnestraal. The author furthermore provided the texts for the comics fables published in GRNVLD, a magazine published by Castle Groeneveld and edited by Caroline van der Lee. An exhibition of Frank Jonker's career was held for the anniversary of his 25 years as a comics writer in the Amsterdam comics shop Het Beeldverhaal in 2014. The 57th edition of comics information magazine Stripnieuws was also dedicated to his work for this occasion.


Frank Jonker (right) and Eric Heuvel signing in Valkenswaard (2011). Photo © Martin van Meenen

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