Comics History


Welcome to the illustrated History of Dutch Comics, an overview and introduction to comics and 'strips' in the Netherlands.Comics have existed in Holland for a long time in some form or other, with a variety of interesting themes. Sequential art evolved in the Netherlands from the medieval centsprent to 'text-strips', and to the modern stripverhalen or 'strips' which we have today. We are delighted to share this unique heritage with you.

Dutch comics before 1920Origins of early Dutch comics

Early examples of sequential art from the Dutch 'low lands' date back to the Middle Ages, and gained more importance right on through the 1800s.

Dutch comics 1920 - 1940Dutch comics 1920-1940

In the interbellum period between the World Wars, Holland discovered imported comics, and achieved a rich comics productivity itself.

Dutch comics during and around World War 2Dutch comics around 1940-1945

Because of German occupation in World War II, Holland had to deal with a ban on imports, the rise of propaganda in comics, and scarcity of paper.

Dutch comics 1945-1950Dutch comics 1945-1950

After the war, the initial paper scarcity and a ban on the small beeldromans made an impact, but soon Dutch comics were off to a new start.

Dutch comics 1950-1968Dutch comics 1950-1967

With an increasing number of newspapers, the comics industry bloomed again. The import of American comics also made its mark on the Dutch scene.

Dutch comics 1968-1980Dutch comics 1968-1980

Not surprisingly, 1968 was a revolutionary year for comics, and many Dutch underground comix magazines flourished throughout the seventies.

Dutch comics: around 1980Dutch comics around 1980

Inspired by international comics, Dutch comic artists reached a new level of professionality.

Dutch comics: contemporary comicsContemporary Dutch comics

A new generation of comic artists has emerged in Holland during the last decade.

Dutch comic artists in the Comiclopedia
From the expanded Dutch edition: De Nederlandse Stripgeschiedenis