Marten Toonder was one of the most important creators of comic-art in Europe during the fifties and sixties. Extremely well-known in certain regions of France (because they were published in their local newspapers), much loved by French collectors of Artima Panda magazine, and by curious fans, Toonder's work is for us at Pressibus a prime example of the comic-strip that manages to be at once both entertaining and realistic, and which is equally suitable both for sophisticated adults and for a wider public.
Created for the daily press, the four main series by Marten Toonder are horizontal strips, usually consisting of three pictures with text underneath. Each story comprises between 40 and 110 strips.
Marten Toonder is Dutch, but his strips were quickly to have a considerable impact throughout Europe. He is sometimes called "The Dutch Walt Disney", he is, above all, one of the greatest European creators of comic-strips.
The illustrations from Tom Poes & Mr Bommel that appear on this site come from the albums published by Panda Editions, which are collections of the entire work (40 albums containing 11,768 strips). They are published in the Netherlands (see our "sites" page for address). Many thanks to Marten Toonder for his permission to reproduce them. © Toonder studios
This site is not going to be developed further in the short term. However, there are some new things from time to time...
25/6/2000 : new english translation of this page. Thanks to David Bond.
2/5/1998 : one page containing an entire strip from Mr Bommel (87 Kb)
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