Dick Matena

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Dick Matena
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Born Dick Matena
(1943-04-24) 24 April 1943 (age 79)
Den Haag, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Area(s) Artist, Writer
Pseudonym(s) A. den Dooier
John Kelly
Dick Richards
Notable works
Storm, Tom Poes

Dick Matena (Den Haag, 24 April 1943)[1][2] is a Dutch comics writer and cartoonist. He has also published under the pseudonyms A. den Dooier, John Kelly and Dick Richards.

Biography

Toonder studios

At the age of 17 (in 1960) he starts working at the Toonder studios as volunteer. In the beginning he helped with the drawing projects of Tom Poes (1962–1963) and Panda (1961–1968).

In 1968 his first own drawn comic appeared in the comic magazine Pep.

Freelance period

In 1964 Dick Matena started working as a freelancer, in the beginning mainly for the Toonder studios. He drew his own comic Polletje Pluim.

For Pep he drew De Argonautjes (1968–1973) and Ridder Roodhart (1969–1971). He wrote scenarios for the Macaroni's (1971–1975) and Blook (1972–1973).

During the period he worked for the cartoon magazine Eppo, he wrote four scenarios for the comic Storm (1978–1980) and under his pseudonym Dick Richards eight scenarios for the comic De Partners (1976–1984), drawn by Carry Brugman.

In 1977 Matena drew his first realistic comic Virl.

Foreign period

From 1982 until 1984 he lived in Spain and worked for Selleciones Illustrades.

For the comic magazine Titanic, he created two starship stories.

After his move to Belgium he created the comics De laatste dagen van Adgar Allan Poe, Gauguin en Van Gogh and Mozart & Casanova.

Spin-off Storm and Beyond

With stories by Martin Lodewijk Dick Matena drew three spin-off comics of Storm. The series of these Storm albums are called Kronieken van de Tussentijd. He used his pseudonym John Kelly at first; the last comic is published with his own name.

In 1997 he started again with the comic Tom Poes. Two stories were published in the Dutch version of the magazine Donald Duck.

Comics of Dutch literature

Matena draws comics of classical Dutch literary books. For one of these comics he won the Bronzen Adhemar award.

Awards

Bibliography

De Argonautjes (with Lo Hartog van Banda)

1 - Het orakel van Delphi (1970)
2 - Het eerste avontuur van de Argonautjes (1976)
3 - De Olympische vlam / Het Labyrinth (1978)
4 - Het zwaard van Damocles (1978)
5 - De strijd om de ronde tafel / De kwelling van Tantalus (1979)
6 - De held van Sparta (1980)

Storm (with Don Lawrence)

The Chronicles of the Deep World

3 - The People of the Desert (Het Volk van de Woestijn) (1979)
4 - The Green Hell (De Groene Hel) (1980)
5 - The Battle for Earth (De Strijd om de Aarde) (1980)
6 - The Secret of the Nitron Rays (Het Geheim van de Nitronstralen) (1981)

Chronicles of Meanwhile

1 - The Voyager Virus (Het Voyager Virus) (1996)
2 - The Dallas Paradox (De Dallas Paradox) (1997)
3 - The Stargorger (De Sterrenvreter) (1998)
4 - Klein Space (De Ruimte van Klein) (unfinished and unpublished)

Starship (Sterrenschip)

1 - De jacht op het wezekind (1987)
2 - De verlosser (1988)

Virl

1 - Exile to Cion (Verbanning naar Cion) (1979)
2 - Quest for Terra (Speurtocht naar Terra) (1981)
3 - Het asiel (2014)

Alias Ego

1 - Vlucht uit de richel (1993)
2 - De valse goden (1995)

The evenings (De Avonden) (Gerard Reve)

Part 1 (2003)
Part 2 (2003)
Part 3 (2004)
Part 4 (2004)

Crew Cut (Kort Amerikaans) (Jan Wolkers)

Part 1 (2006)
Part 2 (2007)

One Shots

The last days of E.A. Poe (De laatste dagen van E.A. Poe) (1988)
Gauguin and van Gogh (Gauguin en van Gogh) (1990)
Sartre & Hemingway (1992)
Het Hanzevirus
Christmas carol (Charles Dickens) (2004)
Cheese (Kaas) (Willem Elsschot) (2008)
Will o' the Wisp (Het dwaallicht) (Willem Elsschot) (2008)

References

  1. "Biografie Dick Matena". Lambiek. Retrieved 10 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Biografie Dick Matena". Zilverendolfijn. Retrieved 10 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Winners Stripschap price". Stripschap. Retrieved 10 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Stripschapprijs". Alles op een rij. Retrieved 10 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Bronzen Adhemar Award winners". Strip Turnhout. Retrieved 10 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • De Eppo-index
  • Rob van Eyck (1979). Matena, Dick (ps. A. den Dooier, Dick Richard). In: Wordt Vervolgd: Striplexicon der Lage Landen (Evelien en Kees Kousemaker, eds.). Het Spectrum, Utrecht.
  • Rob van Eyck (1987). Matena Dick. In: Kunst en Grafische Vernieuwing in het Europees Beeldverhaal. De Buck, Brussel.