Monsieur VéWé
Monsieur VéWé à San Cylindro (Line 104, 8 March 1957)

Not much is known about the artist behind the signature Kari. He or she was at least responsible for several advertising strips, which appeared in Belgian comics weeklies like Tintin, Line and Spirou in the 1950s.

Kari's ad strip for Frisko chocolate, 'Les Exploits de Friskotin et Friskinette', was published in Tintin in 1950. The advertising serial 'Monsieur Véwé à San Cylindro' for Volkswagen ran both in Tintin and its counterpart for girls, Line, in 1957. An extensive campaign with art by Kari for Sheaffer's pens, starring the character 'Zippy', was published in Spirou and Tintin during the first half of the 1960s. One booklet collection called 'Sheaffer's présente Zippy, roi du Far-West' was also published in both the French as the Dutch language.


Illustration for Spirou/Robbedoes in 1951

Another advertising strip by Kari was 'Les Aventures de Tata Bata vendeur d’élite', which was published in an oblong booklet for Bata shoes in Belgian Congo. Kari also made some illustrations and sports-related gags for Spirou in 1951.

The artist was possibly a female artist living in Uccle, who also made illustrations for the publications of Touring-Secours.

Zippy roi du Far West by Kari
Zippy, roi du Far West (Dutch edition from Robbedoes 1264, 5 July 1962)

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