THOMAS PIPS is a Belgian comic series and the main character itself is the most famous cartoon character from the work of the Ghent cartoonist Leo Victor Frans De Budt better known under the pseudonym “Buth” (1919-2010).
Over his 45 year long career, Buth produced thousands of drawings, cartoons and comics. His production was immense and to keep his up he often resulted to drawing his inspiration from other artists and series, such as Chic Young’s ‘Blondie’ (note the resemblance between Dagwood and Thomas Pips).
In February of 1946, he introduced his best-known character THOMAS PIPS in the newspaper “Het Volk”.
Starting in June 1951, this detective comic appeared on the center pages of comic magazine ” ‘t Kapoentje” where it stayed until 1985. THOMIS PIPS is however best known for his annual adventures during the TOUR DE FRANCE, that Buth made between 1947 and 1982.
Buth is well-known for his Tour de France gags and cartoons, and generations of Belgians – including this flickr fan – have grown up searching for the hidden house in these drawings.
Illustration and words from…HERE!
God I’d love to get my hands on some of these comics!
Also checkout this rad tintin cover!