Carol Willem Voges was born in Amsterdam. He developed an early interest in art and drawing, and found employment with the Joop Geesink animation studios at the age of 17. During World War II, he participated in the studio's production of an advertising film for the Dutch railways, 'Pierus Peddelaar'.
He also worked for the Toonder-Geesink studio, where he participated in the pencilling of early 'Tom Poes' strips, that were corrected by Toonder himself and inked by Wim Lensen. During the War, Voges furthermore made satirical drawings for the resistance, and also illustrated sheet music.
Professor Creghel (Pum Pum, 1957)
Voges replaced the Jewish artist Bob Uschi as the sports cartoonist in De Telegraaf. After the War, he became one of the main illustrators for De Volkskrant. In the second half of the 1940s Voges worked in a studio together with a certain J. van Bossum in Bussum. Under the label Studio Van Bossum-Voges, they made the illustrations for the book 'De muizen en de mooie hoed' by Pieter van Hemert (Kroonder, 1945) and the 'Prikkebaard' series by P.H. Fruithof (Kroonder, 1946).
For De Volkskrant, he also made his first and best-known creation, 'Pa Pinkelman'. This daily comic strip appeared in the newspaper Volkskrant and was written by Godfried Bomans from 1945 to 1952. The first six episodes appeared under the title 'De Avonturen van Pa Knetterteen'.
The strip was very popular because of the absurd stories of Bomans, in which dignitaries and politicians often had a guest appearance. In 1976 and 1977, Voges cooperated on a television adaptation of the strip.
While working on 'Pa Pinkelman', Voges also created the newspaper comic strip about the sports monkey 'Jimmy Brown, Sportheld nr. 1' for the weekly Sportief and the regional press (1949-1957), as well as 'Professor Créghel' in Rotterdams Kwartet (1947-1949), 'Hertog Lieverlui dan Moe' in De Tijd (1948-1949), 'De Bewoners van Laag-Wapperen' in Kris-Kras (1956-1957) with text by Han G. Hoekstra. For the Shell magazine Olidin, he drew 'Opa' from 1957 to 1962 and 'Mex' from 1962 to 1963.
Sjors van de Rebellenclub
Voges was furthermore an illustrator for Okki and for the children's book publisher De Eekhoorn, where he made drawings for several book series by Henri Arnoldus, like 'Tup en Joep', 'Pietje Puk', 'Oki en Doki', 'Jokkie' and Pim en Pidoe'.
Pa Pinkelman (March 1952)
Voges joined the weekly comic magazine Sjors, where he did 'Sjors van de Rebellenclub' gags with Gerard Michon from 1954 to 1963, followed by six 'Dinkie' stories (1963-67) and 'Bertram' (1968-69).
Bertram (Sjors van de Rebellenclub #38, 1968)
Between 1965 and 1988, he also worked for the weekly Donald Duck, where he drew covers and stories with Disney characters like 'Donald Duck', 'Dumbo', 'Gus & Jaq' and 'Chip 'n' Dale'.
He was also present in Libelle with 'Mario en de Toverpluisbloem' in 1965 and 1966 and in Bobo with 'Wolla-Wolla' in 1972. In the final stages of his career, he was making drawings with 'Sesame Street' characters for Bobo. Carol Voges spent his final years in the Rosa Spierhuis in Laren.
Mario en de Toverpluisbloem