'Daantje staat pal' (Kapitein Rob's Vrienden, April 1949).

Reini Venema was a mid-20th century Dutch illustrator and comic artist. He drew the adventure comic 'Daantje Staat Pal' (1949), serialized in the children's magazine Kapitein Rob's Vrienden. 

Venema's best-known work was the 'Bloemen Alphabet' for the Rotterdam-based publisher Luctor, a picture book with fairy tale-style drawings and rhymes about plants and flowers for each letter of the alphabet. The first edition was presumably from 1948; a later edition appeared in 1953. In the mid-1950s, Venema also illustrated books 1 and 3 of the 'Boender-Martje' youth book series by Netty Streef, about a girl who helps her grandfather sell scrubbing brushes. Venema was editor and illustrator for 'Tops en Tim de Wereld in!' (1948), a magazine for the Protestant Christian youth, of which presumably only one trial issue appeared. The magazine's back-cover ran the picture story 'De Leeuw van Modderspruit' by Jan Burgerhout, based on the 1900 book by Louwrens Penning.

Cornflower and poppy from Reini Venema's 'Bloemen Alpabet'.

Also in the 1940s, Reini Venema wrote and drew 'Daantje staat pal', an adventure comic serial about a black and a white girl who get involved in a mysterious plot on the Antilles island of Curaçao. Serialized between January and September 1949, it was one of several features on the front page of both the Rotterdam comic monthly Ketelbinkie Krant - named after a Wim Meuldijk character - and its Amsterdam edition Kapitein Rob's Vrienden - that had Pieter Kuhn's 'Kapitein Rob' as mascot.

Presumably the sole issue of 'Tops en Tim de wereld in!' (1948).

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