|Born||Willebrord Jan Frans Maria Vandersteen|
15 February 1913
|Died||28 August 1990 (aged 77)|
|Pseudonym(s)||Kaproen, Wil, Wirel|
|Suske en Wiske |
De Rode Ridder
Robert en Bertrand
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.
He is considered together with Marc Sleen the founding father of Flemish comics. 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".
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. 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]
- 1959: Honorary citizen of the community Deurne near Antwerp
- 1977: Angoulême International Comics Festival prize for Best Foreign Author, France 
- 2007: Prestige award at the Prix Saint-Michel in Brussels
- Vandersteen is also honorary citizen of Kalmthout. A statue of Vandersteen is located on Willy Vandersteen Square.
References[change | change source]
- Debrouwere, Lotte (2008-06-26). "300 albums en springlevend". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch).
- "Stripspeciaalzaak Belgian comics top 50". Stripspeciaalzaak.be. 1945-12-19. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
- Dutch newspaper BN / De Stem, 12 September 2007[dead link]
- Van Hooydonck, Biografie, p. 203
- ToutEnBD. "Le palmarès" (in French).
- Belga (2007-10-15). "Grand Prix St-Michel à Gotlib" (in French). La Libre Belgique. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- Standaard Uitgeverij, 60 jaar!, p. 20
- Article in De Standaard
- "Index Translationum Dutch top 10". Databases.unesco.org. Retrieved 2012-05-23.