Cover from De Vleermuis, by Albert WinandsAtoomduivels by Albert Survie

Albert Winands, who used the pseudonym Ab Survie, was one of the artists working in the Dutch comic book scene of the 1950s. Born in Beverwijk in 1940, he was sixteen years old when he became the assistant of comic artist Dick Vlottes on the 'Tarzan' comic books. Two years later, Albert Winands was hired by Arnoldus Teeuwen of the publishing house ATH to work on a comic book called 'De Vleermuis' (1958), starring a masked vigilante dressed as a bat.

Albert Winands
Young Albert Winands at Dick Vlottes' house

He made six issues of this comic in 1958. Then, he tried his luck at the famous Marten Toonder Studios, where he was hired as an inker and colorist. Winands had to quit this job when he was called up for military service, and when he returned, he was not hired again.

De Vleermuis, by Albert Winands

Winands then left the comics field until 1982, when Henry van Hooff asked him to make a comic for his alternative comic magazine Coyote. He made the sci-fi story 'John Tarac - vogelvrij', which he signed with Ab Survie. Unfortunately, the magazine folded and the strip remained unfinished, although the story was later also published on the Stripster portal in 2005 and 2006. From 2009, 'De Vleermuis' had a revival in the series Hip Comics by Windmill Comics, that included reprints of Survie's work, but also new stories by Johan de Neef and Gerard van de Werken. He was also redrawing some of his older and unpublished comic stories from the 1970s for Windmill.

Albert Winands had his own photo studio and was also active as a portrait painter. He passed away in his hometown Beverwijk on 3 July 2016.

John Tarak by Albert Survie
John Tarac - Vogelvrij

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