Pieter Joseph Kuhn, who signed with QN, received his lithographer's diploma in his hometown Amsterdam in 1929. He worked as an advertising artist with the printing firm Van Dooren in Vlaardingen during the 1930s, and for the agency Kastelein in Hilversum from 1939. During World War II, he illustrated a couple of questionable books, but according to himself this was to cover up for his work in the resistance.
It wasn't until 1945 that he started his first and only comic series, 'De Avonturen van Kapitein Rob'. It ran in the Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool, that had just started its run as a daily paper after being a resistance paper during the war. Kuhn's adventurous newspaper strip was, in Pieter Kuhn's own words, "a tale for boys, based on reality, in order to enlarge their maritime, geographic, and general knowledge." Kuhn wrote the first episode, 'Adventures of the Sail Vessel Freedom', completely by himself. Not entirely happy with the result, he started a collaboration with Parool-journalist Evert Werkman, who edited and adapted all of Kuhn's texts from then on.
One of the reasons the strip became so popular was because it was researched so well: whenever possible, Kuhn visited the places he was drawing. Later on the strip took a turn towards science-fiction with the introduction of mad scientist Lupardi. All of the 'Kapitein Rob' adventures were first published in the Dutch newspaper Het Parool, and later the stories were compiled in albums and booklets, all with great success. Between 1952 and 1957 the comic was also published in the identical magazines Ketelbinkiekrant (Rotterdam) and Rob's Vrienden (Amsterdam).
'Kapitein Rob' has been translated into German and French. Evert Werkman has even made a musical about Kapitein Rob in 1950, but this has never been performed. Pieter Kuhn passed away from a heart attack in 1966, at the age of 55. After Kuhn's death, Gerrit Stapel made some sample comics for a restart of 'Kapitein Rob', but the heirs put a halt to the project. 'Kapitein Rob' proved inseparable from its creator, Pieter Kuhn.
Kapitein Rob website
Pieter Kuhn in Lambiek's Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis