Jan van Reek was born in Den Helder. He made his first comics, 'Oom Klaas' and 'Iwan', for the magazine Eva. In 1961, he teamed up with the artist Raymond Bär von Hemmersweil, with whom he created 'Wipperoen', a newspaper text strip that was published in Dutch newspapers Algemeen Handelsblad, Dagblad voor Noord Limbrug and De Telegraaf, as well as in newspapers from Belgium (Het Laatste Nieuws), France (La République du Centre), Spain (Tele Express), Britain and South-Africa (Cape Town Argus).
Van Reek and Bär did the initial sketching and lay-outs together, and then Bär did the finished art and Van Reek focused on the texts. At the end of his life, Van Reek was too ill to contribute to the strips, so the balloon strips for De Telegraaf were made by Bär alone. Jan van Reek passed away in 1994. His daughter Harriët van Reek is an illustrator and children's book author.
Wipperoen en de Ongeluksvogel (Algemeen Handelsblad, 25/8/1964)