Biography of Henk Backer (1898-1976)

Comic artist Dutch born in Rotterdam (Netherlands) on December 15, 1898 and died on June 5, 1976 in Eemnes (Netherlands).


Hendrik Herman "Henk" Baker received his artistic training at the Academie voor Schone Beelbende (ABK), whose headquarters is located in Rotterdam. He/She began to work as an Illustrator in 1922, in the pay of the Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad newspaper. An illustrated history that entitled Nieuwe Oosterche Sprookjes and specialists believe the first Dutch comic made by these dates. Backer has to compete hard with cartoons from United States and England to impose a type of indigenous comic strip.

To 1922, Voorwaarts, the official newspaper of the social democratic party, entrusts him with series Hansje Teddybeer in Mimi Poezekat, whose screenplay Jet Van Strien writes it. Comics as Adolphus (1930) will be consolidating his style narrative, full of ingenuity and charm. Pioneer of the comic in Holland, Backer is almost unknown outside the borders of this country, despite its importance in the development of the European cartoon.


1922: Nieuwe Oosterche Sproojkes; Hansje Teddybeer in Mimi Poezekat.1923: Tripje in Liezebertha. 1930: Adolphus.