Willy Vandersteen

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Willy Vandersteen
Vandersteen (1985)
BornWillebrord Jan Frans Maria Vandersteen
(1913-02-15)15 February 1913
Antwerp, Belgium
Died28 August 1990(1990-08-28) (aged 77)
Antwerp, Belgium
Area(s)Writer, Artist
Pseudonym(s)Kaproen, Wil, Wirel
Notable works
Suske en Wiske
De Rode Ridder
Robert en Bertrand
Awardsfull list

Willy Vandersteen (15 February 1913 – 28 August 1990) was a Belgian maker of comic books. In his life, he made a large studio and published more than 1,000 comic albums in over 25 series. He sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.[1]

He is considered together with Marc Sleen the founding father of Flemish comics.[2] He is mainly popular in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Hergé called him "The Brueghel of the comic strip". The creation of his own studio and the mass production and commercialization of his work turned him into "the Walt Disney of the Low Countries".[3]

Vandersteen is best known for Suske en Wiske (published in English as Spike and Suzy, Luke and Lucy, Willy and Wanda or Bob and Bobette). In 2008 it sold 3.5 million books.[1] His other major series are De Rode Ridder with over 200 albums and Bessy with almost 1,000 albums published in Germany.

Awards and recognition[change | change source]

According to UNESCO's Index Translationum, Vandersteen is the second most often translated Dutch language author, after Anne Frank.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Debrouwere, Lotte (2008-06-26). "300 albums en springlevend". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch).
  2. "Stripspeciaalzaak Belgian comics top 50". Stripspeciaalzaak.be. 1945-12-19. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
  3. "Dutch newspaper BN / De Stem, 12 September 2007". Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  4. Van Hooydonck, Biografie, p. 203
  5. ToutEnBD. "Le palmarès" (in French). Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  6. Belga (2007-10-15). "Grand Prix St-Michel à Gotlib" (in French). La Libre Belgique. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  7. Standaard Uitgeverij, 60 jaar!, p. 20
  8. Article in De Standaard
  9. "Index Translationum Dutch top 10". Databases.unesco.org. Retrieved 2012-05-23.[permanent dead link]