Albert Winands, who uses the pseudonym Ab Survie, was born in Beverwijk in 1940. When he was fourteen years old, he started his comic career working as an assistant to Dick Vlottes. Two years later, Albert Winands was hired by Arnoldus Teeuwen from publisher ATH, to work on a comic called 'De Vleermuis'. He made six issues of this comic.
Then he tried his luck at the famous Marten Toonder Studios, and was hired as an inker and colorist. Albert Winands had to quit this job when he was called up for military service, and when he returned, he was not hired again. Winands then left the comic field until 1982, when he met Henry van Hooff, editor of the comic magazine Coyote. He made 'John Tarac - vogelvrij' for this magazine, signing his work as Ab Survie. Unfortunately, the magazine folded and the strip remained unfinished.