Tom Poes!

This week, Toonder published the very first Tom Poes story in thirty years! After reading it I just had to do a couple of drawings of the main characters, Tom Puss ("Tom Poes") and Oliver B. Bumble ("Olivier B. Bommel"). They're so much fun! These are very popular Dutch characters, created by Marten Toonder and first published in Newspapers in 1941.

In all, an amazing 177 stories were published until 1986. Known as 'text comics' these stories consisted of three panel daily B&W strips with the story accompanied beneath the illustrations. Actual full color comicbook stories also appeared in the Dutch Donald Duck weekly magazine between 1955 and 1988.

You can read more about the new book 'Het Lastpak'on Toonder's site.

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