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De Kiekeboes
'Kiekeboes', a mural in Hasselt, 1996.
Created by Merho
Publication information
Publisher Standaard Uitgeverij
Schedule quarterly
Formats Original material for the series has been published as a set of ongoing series and graphic novels.
Original language Dutch
Genre
Publication date 1977
Main character(s) Marcel Kiekeboe
Charlotte Kiekeboe
Fanny Kiekeboe
Konstantinopel Kiekeboe
Creative team
Writer(s) Merho
Artist(s) Merho
Penciller(s) Thomas Du Caju
Kristof Fagard
Inker(s) Peter Koeken
Colourist(s) Ria Smit
Ine Merhottein
Kristof Fagard
Creator(s) Merho
Reprints
The series has been reprinted, at least in part, in French and English.

De Kiekeboes is a comic strip series created by Belgian artist Merho in 1977. The series appears in Dutch. It is first published in the newspapers Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg and then published as comic books by Standaard Uitgeverij. The series is the best-selling comic in Flanders, but is unsuccessful abroad, with only a few publications in French and English.

History[edit]

De Kiekeboes first started in 1977. Merho had previously worked with Willy Vandersteen but wanted to create his own series. The first story, De Wollebollen, started in Het Laatste Nieuws. on 15 February 1977.[1]

New albums in the series appear every three months, and sell over 100,000 copies each.[2] Like most Flemish comic strips, De Kiekeboes comics are steady sellers, with most of the series available for sale at any one time. New titles are the best selling comics in Flanders, with some 80,000 copies sold in the first year of publication. In 2007, only the Dutch translation of the final Harry Potter book sold more copies.[3]

After being assisted for a while by Steve Van Bael and then by Dirk Stallaert, Merho announced that from 1 January 2006 on, the comics would be drawn by Steve Van Bael and Thomas Du Caju, who would each produce two comics a year. Merho continues to write the stories and to make early sketches.[4]

To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the comic strip in 2007, an exposition was held in the Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art and a wall painting was unveiled in Antwerp.[2] Statues of Kiekeboe and of his daughter Fanny are placed in Middelkerke.[5] Another statue of Kiekeboe can be found in Halle-Zoersel.[6]

Characters[edit]

Ordered by approximate number of appearances.

  • Marcel Kiekeboe: protagonist of the comic book series, sort of an 'average Joe' with an average job, attracts adventure and goes along with it.
  • Charlotte Kiekeboe: Marcel's wife, housewife, often (mostly unwillingly) joining the adventures.
  • Fanny Kiekeboe: their daughter, around 20 years old. Socially engaged (feminism, animal rights,...), self-conscious, sexy and adventurous, she often gets in trouble. She has a new boyfriend in every story.
  • Konstantinopel Kiekeboe: their son, in his early teens. Sometimes a troublemaker and never cautious.
  • Leon Van Der Neffe: neighbour of the Kiekeboe family, war veteran, ill-tempered and paranoid - but never the 'bad guy'.
  • Carmella Van Der Neffe: Leon Van Der Neffe's (ex-)wife.
  • Joeksel and Froefroe: Leon and Carmella Van Der Neffe's children, friends with Konstantinopel, much to the chagrin of their parents.
  • Fernand Goegebuer: other neighbour of the Kiekeboe family, all-around good guy, but spits while he speaks.
  • Jozefien "Moemoe" Kiekeboe: Marcel's mother, always complaining about/to him and talking about the 'adventures' of her best friend Mrs. Stokvis.
  • Inspecteur Sapperdeboere: Inspector in local police, is more interested in food then in his cases, which is why the main family has to solve them themselves.
  • Firmin Van De Kasseien: Marcel's boss, constantly has extramarital affairs with young beautiful women and often needs Marcel to keep them hidden.
  • Balthazar: 'self-employed' thief, 'the only burglar in the golden pages', tries to do small crimes but constantly fails.
  • Mevrouw Stokvis: unseen best friend of Moemoe, even when the story revolves around her (#56), it's because she 'disappears' and she is not seen.
  • Dédé La Canaille: French criminal, is caught because of Marcel and subsequently wants to kill him whenever he regains his freedom (similar to Sideshow Bob).
  • Mona: sexy vampirewoman, tries to seduce Marcel every time she shows up.
  • Timothea Triangl: short, transsexual 'master'-criminal.
  • Nonkel Vital: Marcel's uncle, brother of Marcel's father
  • Leo Van Der Neffe: Leon Van Der Neffe's twin brother, works as a prison guard.
  • The fat lady: recurring extra, appears in at least one image every album, but never has any role of significance in the story (although she does sometimes have an influence).

Titles[edit]

  1. De Wollebollen
  2. De duivelse driehoek
  3. De dorpstiran van Boeloe Boeloe
  4. De onthoofde sfinx
  5. Tegen de sterren op
  6. Kiekeboe in Carré
  7. De schat van Mata Hari
  8. De Haar-Tisten
  9. De zwarte Zonnekoning
  10. De doedelzak van Mac Reel
  11. Spoken in huis
  12. De Trawanten van Spih
  13. Kies Kiekeboe
  14. Een zakje chips
  15. Mysterie op Spell-Deprik
  16. Meesterwerken bij de vleet
  17. Fanny Girl
  18. Bing Bong
  19. Geeeeef acht!
  20. De Ka-Fhaar
  21. De pili-pili pillen
  22. De omgekeerde piramide
  23. De snor van Kiekeboe
  24. De anonieme smulpapen
  25. Het plan SStoeffer
  26. Album 26
  27. De getatoeëerde mossel
  28. Over koetjes en kalfjes
  29. De zoete regen
  30. Het lot van Charlotte
  31. Klavertje vier
  32. Het edelweissmotief
  33. De een zijn dood
  34. De zaak Luc Raak
  35. Kiekeboeket
  36. Het witte bloed
  37. Jeanne Darm
  38. Prettige feestdagen
  39. De fez van Fes
  40. Villa Delfia
  41. De bende van Moemoe
  42. De spray-historie
  43. De spookfirma
  44. Hotel O
  45. Een koud kunstje
  46. Konstantinopel in Istanboel
  47. De taart
  48. Black-out
  49. De Medusa-stichting
  50. Afgelast wegens ziekte
  51. Met de Franse slag
  52. De wraak van Dédé
  53. De roze Rolls
  54. Gedonder om de bliksem
  55. Schiet niet op de pianist
  56. Het Stokvis-incident
  57. Zeg het met bloemen
  58. Haaiman
  59. De kus van Mona
  60. Het gat in de kaas
  61. De zes sterren
  62. Doorgestoken kaart
  63. Moet er nog sneeuw zijn
  64. De onweerstaanbare man
  65. De comeback van Dédé
  66. De hoofdzaak
  67. Het geslacht Kinkel
  68. Thantomthant
  69. Zand erover
  70. Witter dan wit
  71. King Sacha
  72. Het Zipan-project
  73. Hoe meer kijkers
  74. De wereld volgens Kiekeboe
  75. Het idee van Dédé
  76. Kiekebanus (this album also belongs to the series of Urbanus)
  77. Drempelvrees
  78. Havana Gilla
  79. Kunst en vliegwerk
  80. De babyvampier
  81. Blond en blauw
  82. De aqua-rel
  83. Lang zullen ze leven
  84. Het lijk had gelijk
  85. In het spoor van Dédé
  86. Misstoestanden
  87. De Simstones
  88. De hoed van Robin
  89. De S van Pion
  90. Black e-mail
  91. De affaire Chichi
  92. De Heeren van Scheurbuyck
  93. In tweevoud
  94. Taxi Comitée
  95. Alles kitsch
  96. De Incabouter
  97. Kielekiele Boe
  98. Verkeerd verbonden
  99. Mona, de musical
  100. 99 Plus
  101. In vuur en vlam
  102. De potloodmummie
  103. Heil Bod
  104. De Himbagodin
  105. Het Boerka Complot
  106. Vrolijke vrolijke vrienden
  107. Tiznoland
  108. De DT fout
  109. Een echte Vitalko
  110. Baas boven baas
  111. Dédé bij nacht
  112. En in kwade dagen
  113. De wokchinees
  114. Bij verdiensten
  115. Het boemerangeffect
  116. Boek.Bv
  117. Drie bollen met slagroom
  118. Kort en bondig
  119. Geld terug
  120. Joyo De Eerste
  121. De Kangoeroeclub
  122. Doodeenvoudig / Eenvoudig dood
  123. Vluchtmisdrijf
  124. Stinkend rijk
  125. Vrouwen komen van Mars (originally: En seks natuurlijk)
  126. Tienduizend dagen
  127. De Pepermunten
  128. Nood in Macadamia
  129. Grof Wild
  130. Het SS-Syndroom
  131. Omtrent Oscar
  132. Alle Eendjes
  133. Een dagje Dédé
  134. Schatjes op zolder
  135. Code E
  136. Schijnheilig bloed

Special release[edit]

  1. Kiekeboe Down Under

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kempeneers, Michel (2006-11-30). "Merho over 30 jaar Kiekeboe". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch) (Belgium). Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  2. ^ a b jns (Belga) (2006-11-29). "Kiekeboe viert dertigste verjaardag". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch) (Belgium). Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Boekenverkoop Vlaanderen stijgt met 8%" (in Dutch). Boek.be. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  4. ^ Geeraerts, Glenn (2005-10-05). "Kiekeboe krijgt twee nieuwe vaders". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch) (Belgium). Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Stripfestival focust op 30 jaar Kiekeboe". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch) (Belgium). 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  6. ^ Simons, Marc (2007-08-27). "Merho komt handen te kort om te signeren". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch) (Belgium). Retrieved 2008-09-23. 

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