Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Here's an interesting comic book.  I have no idea what it's about.


Because it is in Dutch.

It was written and drawn by Ben Abas and published by Bell  Studio in Haarlem.  Not much is known about Abas.  He was a minor figure in the comic book scene in the Netherlands.  From 1947 to 1953 he created several popular series of "beeldromans" (illustrated books; i.e., comic books), including "Spot Morton," "Tom Wells," "Kara Ben Nems," Texas Ranger," "De Groene Straal," and "Lex Brand."  He also did newspaper and magazine cartoon strips.  Eventually (probably in the late 50s or in the 60s) he moved to Australia, after which I could not find any information about him.

Issue #1 was published in 1949, so this one was from the early 50s.  And there were at least 22 issues in the first series, which implies that there was  at least a second series.

This issue takes place in Mexico.  There's a gang of vampires.  There's a lot of shooting and fighting and a stalwart hero.  And that's about all I've got.

But it's interesting, because you can make up your own story to go with the pictures.  Or you can make up a caption to go with individual frames.  It's fun!  For example, in panel 6 on page 5:  "Victor hoped the rest of the gang had not noticed that his tights were riding up!"

Have fun!

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