Dick van de Pol is a Dutch comic artist and children's illustrator, also known under the signature Dévandé. Born in Arnhem, Van de Pol grew up reading the work of Hans Kresse and Marten Toonder. He took a course in advertising art while fulfilling his military service. By 1955, he became a freelance artist in this field. In his spare time, he worked on a strip about pre-historic times. He presented his work to Swan Feature Syndicate and the syndicate's owner, Ton de Zwaan, hired him to work on a Karl May adaptation. From 1963 till 1968, Van de Pol did the drawing and writing of about 1200 daily strips of 'Old Shatterhand en Winnetoe', that ran in De Stem, Het Limburgs Dagblad, Het Laatste Nieuws and other regional papers.
Afterwards, he found employment with Fibo visual education in Zeist, where he spent twelve years developing slides for educational purposes. He got a job with the publishing house Zomer en Keuning in 1980, where he stayed eight years before turning freelance. He has since worked as an illustrator for children's book series like 'Snelle Jelle' and 'Wolf' for publisher Kluitman.