Ben Verhagen is one of the most successful Dutch Disney artists, and is heavily inspired by the work of Carl Barks. After his studies at the Art Academy in Den Bosch, Verhagen published his first cartoons and illustrations in the magazine Taptoe, as well as the comic 'Gwenny en Florian'. He has also made comics for the other Malmberg magazines Okki and Jippo, by then signing his work with "Bever". In 1974, Verhagen met Daan Jippes, who was art director of the Dutch Donald Duck magazine at the time, and started out inking one of Jippes' 10-page Duck stories. Afterwards, he produced some Duck stories in collaboration with Jippes and the Danish author Freddy Milton.
Ben Verhagen has illustrated about 50 long Disney stories throughout the years, not only with 'Donald Duck', but also with 'Little Hiawatha'. In 2002, the album 'De Spannende Reisavonturen van Donald Duck' appeared, that collected the travel adventures that Verhagen has made with Duck characters over the years. In addition to his Disney work, Verhagen has drawn the commercial comic 'Railrunner' for the Dutch Railways, and has illustrated many schoolbooks for Wolters Noordhoff and Thieme.
He is currently mainly active as a character designer and storyboarder. Among his commercial clients are Xenos, Jumbo, Ravensberg, Sligro, Libero, Hellema, Unicef, Deli XL, Dutch Railways, National Heart Foundation, Van Melle, Sodexho, De Molen Banket, SaraLee, Robeco, Smith Kline Beecham and Berliner Pilsner.