Peter van Straaten, Dutch comics artist and political cartoonist, Died at 81


Peter van Straaten was born on March 25, 1935, in Arnhem in the Netherlands and died on December 8, 2016.

He was a Dutch cartoonist and comics artist.

Staaten was best-known for his political cartoons as well as his satirical observations of everyday people.

Peter also had a long-running newspaper comic strip Vader & Zoon, which ran in Het Parool for almost two decades.

He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and started his career on July 26, 1958, for the Dutch newspaper Het Parool, where he illustrated news reports.

Later Peter also drew political cartoons.

From 1968 to 1987, Peter published a daily comic strip, Vader & Zoon (Father and Son), which became a huge success and even inspired a TV series.

But, he was best known for his gag cartoons, based on observational comedy.

Peter’s work has been made available in comic books, as well as a yearly calendar, Peter’s Zeurkalender (Peter’s Nagging Calendar, a pun on the word zeuren (to nag) and scheurkalender (a calendar where one can rip off one page a day to read a joke), which is also available on iPhone since 2010.

His cartoons have been published in Het Parool, Humo, Penthouse and Vrij Nederland.

Peter van Straaten passed away at 81 years old.