a short introduction

dusty comics in the attic

Never took the opportunity to learn the Dutch language?
Then let me explain what can be found on these pages.

What's it all about?
The title "Pagina's In Beeld" (Illustrated Pages) refers to a line of text that's printed on many of the so-called mini-strips that appeared in the Netherlands (and Belgium) during the sixties, seventies and early eighties. Small, cheap comic books, mainly from Publisher Nooitgedacht ("Never-thought-of"). Series about war (Victoria), romance (Vicky), the wild west (Lasso) and crime (Geheim Agent).

The site was build by me (Ben Kamphuis), trying to get rid of some of these mini-strips I've carried around for years. The new owner (Edward Voorn) showed me his collection, wich inspired me to build a a gallery site, because to my surprise hardly any information about these comics could be found on the internet, not even about its foreign origins. The site is not gallery-only, but also features some remarkable and strange facts about the books, its origins and its publisher(s). Facts that lead me to produce handmade copies of two mini-strips (Victoria 1 and 216), as collector's issues (2005). In 2011 I produced 5 reprints of the first issues of some series, also as non-profit collector's editions. Not handmade any more, but On Demand Print (via www.blurb.com).

Are these Dutch comics?
The origins of these Dutch comics are mainly English, from series like War Picture Librarie and Western Picture Library, published by Fleetway. They were created by a lot of different artist, from all over the world. The quality varies a lot, but also top-artists like Hugo Pratt, John Severin and Victor de la Fuente contributed their part. The books had their time, as televison, colour print and multimedia entertainment took over. Only Commando is still going strong, now around 3500 issues, adding 8 new titles every month.

Not much is documented about the history of these comics, but for the non-english market (Europe) spanish editor Josip Toutain produced most of them (including the bulk of the Dutch versions). It looks like the covers often had a make-over: a lot of them appear to be re-drawn or altered. It is very likely that this happened when the material was being adapted for the European market, but we don't know any details about it.

Altered cover.

In the Dutch version the soldier wears a baret, and some kind of space machinegun. Possibly the soldier had to be de-englished to appeal to a wider audience.

On this website
This website consists of an general part, and a part for each series. Every series has the same buttons: a short introduction to the series (button "Over de serie"), access to cover scans (button "Alle covers"), and a page with remarkable facts (button "Trivia"). Cover scans can be clicked to reveil bigger versions and extra information (where available).
You can jump to the different sections directly from the links below.

The general part of the site consists of:

Next to the general part, there are now 7 series, each with its own Introduction, Cover Gallery and Trivia pages. Each series has its own homepage that features a cover detail blow-up.

In the past there were five reprints of 4 nr. 1 issues and a bundle, but they're all sold out.

Future plans
I am currently (still) working an a guide to the Dutch war pocket comics. But I am also interested in finding out more of the original publications and its makers. For that reason I got myself copy's of Art of War 1 & 2 (war comic cover art book) and Steve Holland's Fleetway Picture Library Index Volume 1.