Dick Vlottes started his career with the publishing house ATH, the publisher of the so-called "beeldromans", in the early 1950s. There, he made drawings for 41 issues of the Dutch 'Tarzan' comic. He also drew some issues in the series 'De Groene Straal' for Ben Abas' Bell Studio. He subsequently became a freelance artist for the Toonder Studios.
He cooperated on the series 'Tom Poes' and 'Kappie', but also drew two stories of the science-fiction comic 'Martin Evans', which he took over from Thé Tjong-Khing. Between 1959 and 1961 he additionally made his own strip for newspaper Het Vrije Volk, called 'Minter en Hinter'. Vlottes wrote most of the stories himself, but four stories were scripted by Paul Biegel.
Dick Vlottes left the Toonder Studios when former co-worker Ton de Zwaan started his own Swan Features Syndicate. Through this syndicate, he drew comics for the Shell magazine Olidin. His best known creation for this magazine was the young Egyptian 'Senmoet', whose stories were also reprinted in newspapers. Other features for the magazine were 'Wetenswaardigheden over de Ruimtevaart' and 'Botje Boons Avnturen' (with scripts by Harry van den Eerenbeemt).
Leonie het horoscoopmeisje (Tina, 1977)
When Olidin folded in 1963, Vlottes became a letterer for comics magazine Pep. He also made cover illustrations for this magazine, as well as the Flintstones comic book that was also published by De Geïllustreerde Pers. He made game pages for Fabeltjeskrant, and did lay-outs and montages for Televizier and TV 2000. He did some colorings for Sjors before returning to comic art for the Dutch girls' magazine Tina in 1973. He drew such series as 'Ineke van Rijswijk' and 'Leonie, het Horoscoopmeisje'. In 1975 he was assigned by television magazine Televizier to produce the comics 'De Krakers' and 'De Fabeltjeskrant'.
In addition, he has done cover illustrations for Pep and short stories for De Flintstones ('Top Cat') and Donald Duck (a.o. inking Frits Godhelp's 'Hiawatha' stories). In the 1980s he was mainly involved in advertising work, as well as instructional sports comics. He was also drawing for De Telegraaf, the paper for which he created his current affair sports cartoon strip 'De Krek' in 1987.
Dick Vlottes biografie