Bob van den Born, Professor Pi creator, passes away at 90

Published On December 4, 2017 | By Wim | Comics, Continental Correspondent

On Monday, November 27th, the death was announced of Dutch cartoonist and designer Bob van den Born. He was ninety years old, and will probably be best remembered for his creation, Professor Pi, a silent newspaper strip that was published internationally from 1957 through to 1965.

Professor Pi was one of those delightful comics that was accessible across language borders, mostly thanks to the fact that it was completely silent (see also Otto Soglow’s The Little King or┬áHenning Dahl Mikkelsen’s Ferd’nand). What sets Professor Pi apart however, is its unique type of absurdist humor. Van den Born typically took a familiar situation and turned it completely upside down.

Van den Born’s strips were published across Europe, from Spain to Italy and Switzerland, and even as far away as China. In addition to his comic work, Van den Born also worked as a book designer and created 3D caricatures for Madame Tussaud’s.

Just take a minute to enjoy his lovely little jokes.

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