Ted Start, by Roberic
Ted Start (Olidin #17, 1961)

Ted Mathijsen, also known as Roberic, was a Dutch illustrator and advertising artist, best-known for his illustrations for Panorama and Donald Duck. During his short life, he has only made one comic series: the adventure serial 'Ted Start' for Olidin (1958-1963).

Mathijsen was born in 1927 in Rotterdam, where he also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He was mostly active as an illustrator, making many illustrations for Panorama magazine of publishing house De Spaarnestad. For the same publisher, Mathijsen also illustrated the teachers' book series 'In de lange Lindelaan' by Annemiek Böckling in the mid 1960s. Between 1960 and 1965 he illustrated several text serials for Donald Duck weekly (De Geïllustreerde Pers). These were mainly of British origin, including two stories of Enid Blyton's 'The Famous Five'. He at least illustrated one text story for the comics magazine Pep as well ('Thuis voor Kerstmis' by Carl Henry Rathjen in issue 52 of 1964).


Serial of 'The Famous Five', published in Donald Duck #49, 1960

He furthermore worked as a commercial artist. In this capacity he was involved in Olidin, the children's magazine of the Shell Junior Club. It was produced by the advertising agency Van Maanen in commission of petrol company Shell, and also included work by Jan Kruis, Chris Roodbeen, Dick Vlottes, Carol Voges and Friso Henstra. Mathijsen was present was the second volume with the realistically drawn balloon comic 'Ted Start' (1958-1963). It starred a motorcycle policeman who becomes a race car driver. Mathijsen signed the comic with "Roberic", a contraction of the names of his sons (Robert and Eric). The comic remained a regular feature and ran for six serials until Olidin's demise in 1963.

Ted Mathijsen passed away suddenly in Amsterdam shortly after his 44th birthday on 10 May 1971.

Ted Start, by Roberic (Ted Mathijsen)
Ted Start (Olidin #17, 1962)

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