Taró, by Friedrich-Wilhelm Richter-Johnsen

Franz-Werner Richter-Johnsen, sometimes referred to as Friedrich-Wilhelm Richter-Johnsen, was a German painter, graphic artist and comic artist. He initially studied Philosophy, but gave that up to enroll at the Academy of Graphic Arts and Printing Trade. After World War II, he held odd jobs such as railway worker and house painter, before freelancing in art jobs. He became an editorial cartoonist for the Bremen newspapers Weserkurier and Bremer Nachrichten. In 1954, he moved to Hamburg, where he created his comic 'Detektiv Schmidtchen' for the daily Bild. The comic ran for eight years, with texts written by Frank Lynder. While still doing 'Schmidtchen', Richter-Johnsen was assigned to do the 'Taró' comic in Stern, with texts by Fritz Raab. This strip ran from 1959 to 1968. Richter-Johnsen then left the comics field and devoted his time to painting and illustrating.

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