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Sinterklaas with Bob De Moor in 1960

Famous Flemish comic collector Yves Kerremans contacted us a few weeks ago with a drawing by Bob De Moor he had found back in the daily Het Nieuws van den Dag of 2 November 1960. It depicts Sinterklaas on a roof full of antenna. Since it’s December 6th tomorrow, the day of Sinterklaas we thought it to be the perfect gift to all of our lovely young readers :).

Sinterklaas with Bob De Moor in 1960

For those unknown with the phenomenon of Sinterklaas. He is a mythical figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins based on Saint Nicholas. Other names for the figure include De Sint (“The Saint”), De Goede Sint (“The Good Saint”), De Goedheiligman (“The Good Holy Man”) in Dutch; Sintekloi in West-Flemish; Saint-Nicolas in French; Sinteklaas in Frisian; and Kleeschen and Zinniklos in Luxembourgish.

Sinterklaas is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on 5 December, the night before Saint Nicholas Day in the Northern Netherlands and on the morning of 6 December, Saint Nicholas Day itself, in the (Roman Catholic) southern provinces, Belgium, Luxembourg and Northern France (French Flanders, Lorraine and Artois). He is also well known in territories of the former Dutch Empire, including Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Suriname. What many don’t know is that he is the primary source of the popular Coca Cola Christmas icon of Santa Claus.

But in Belgium we celebrate the original one and so did Bob De Moor in 1960!

The drawing, signed as Bob De Moor, was made for the ‘Help Sinterklaas’ action run by De Standaard Soc. for the charity “Werken voor het Sinterklaasfeest der behoeftige kinderen” which would for years help children in need, focusing a lot on helping out disabled children from 1967 onwards. Many comic artists would contribute in the years to follow including Marc Sleen, Willy Vandersteen, Paul Geerts, Karel Biddeloo and so on.

In this particular drawing you see Sinterklaas struggling to go over the roofs due to the many TV antennas blocking his way. To understand the joke, you need to know that TV had only been introduced in Flanders in the year 1957. By 1960 it had become very popular not in the least thanks to the Worldexpo of 1958 when special antenna’s had been installed across Belgium to improve the broadcast signal. As a result hundred thousands of roofs suddenly had all kind of ugly TV antenna’s placed on it. 1960 was also the year that the BRT (Belgische Radio en Televisie) was born (formerly known as NIR).

It’s not De Moor’s most elaborated drawing, but it does have his typical humour. And it won’t take you much effort to imagine Once Zigomar in the role of Sinterklaas. In short, a small drawing, but with quite a lot of history around it.

Thanks a lot to Yves Kerremans for this very rare gem!

Pieter Bruegel the Elder seen through the eyes of Bob De Moor (Part 3)

Yesterday we published a follow up to our March 5th article about the cartoon ‘Salon van de Vlaamse Humor‘ by Bob De Moor. We were able to prove that the drawing dated from the 60s. And today we can also pinpoint a final date to it: 1961. It was again Yves Kerremans who went searching for some extra info.

The cover of the 1961 publication, see the signature of Bob De Moor, 8th from the left.
The cover of the 1961 publication, see the signature of Bob De Moor, 8th from the left.

Yesterday we showed a table which was printed in the 1971 publication of “Beknopt Verslach een overzicht van 20 jaar Salon van de Vlaamse Humor“ which showed that Bob De Moor had participated in the first 5 editions of the ‘Salon van de Vlaamse Humor’: 1952, 1954, 1959, 1961 en 1963. Since the cartoon clearly showed De Moor’s style from the 60s we were pretty sure that the cartoon had either been drawn in 1961 or 1963.

The Bob De Moor bio as published in the booklet.
The Bob De Moor bio as published in the booklet.

But the quest has now reached its end. Yesterday evening Yves Kerremans informed that he had found back a publication of said salon in 1961 (the 4th edition), in which the cartoon we have been writing about is also published. In other words, the enigma has been solved :). The booklet also holds a short bio of Bob De Moor which we publish on the left.

Thanks to Yves Kerremans for tracking this down!

Pieter Bruegel the Elder seen through the eyes of Bob De Moor (Part 2)

On March 5th we published an article on a cartoon ‘Salon van de Vlaamse Humor’ by Bob De Moor which was published in postcard format in 1980. We also said in that article that it was highly doubtful that the cartoon had been made that same year, but instead probably in the early 60s. That seems to be correct like new information sent by Yves Kerremans shows.

Page 8 of VTB Maandschrift issue 141 from 1971.
Page 8 of VTB Maandschrift issue 141 from 1971.

That info indicates that the cartoon was already included in the 1971 publication “Beknopt Verslach een overzicht van 20 jaar Salon van de Vlaamse Humor“, which was part of a series by the VTB (Vlaamse Toeristische Bibliotheek). The small book, with a cover by Pil, includes a couple of illustrations (Marc Sleen, Bob De Moor, Pil and Jef Nys) next to a text about the actual salon plus a table showing the participants of the 9 editions of the Salon which took place between 1952 and 1971. From that table results that Bob De Moor participated in the first 5 editions: 1952, 1954, 1959, 1961 en 1963.

The table showing the years Bob De Moor participated to the 'Salon van de Vlaams Humor'.
The table showing the years Bob De Moor participated to the ‘Salon van de Vlaams Humor’.

The small book includes 2 drawings by Bob De Moor, the actual drawing we already showed (page 8) and also a drawing (made in 1961) representing Mark Liebrecht and Bob Van Bael (page 10). We’ll get back to this particular 2nd drawing in a later article as we also found that same drawing in a 1961 issue of ‘De Autotoerist’.

Sure thing is that the cartoon ‘Salon van de Vlaamse Humor’ was – as we already thought – not made in 1980 but way before, our guess: 1961 or 1963. We are also trying to trace back the other drawings Bob De Moor made for the Salon.