Frode Øverli

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Frode Øverli
Born (1968-08-15) August 15, 1968 (age 50)
Bergen, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Area(s) cartoonist
Notable works
Awards full list

Frode Øverli (born August 15, 1968 in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian comic strip cartoonist, considered one of the most successful in Scandinavia.


He began his career in 1984 when his parodies of The Phantom became a regular feature in the Norwegian publication of the Phantom serial comic book.[1] At that time, Frode was still a student, but dedicated much of his time to writing.

Two years later, he was a regular cartoonist for the recently launched humour magazine Pyton, notable for its gratuitous toilet humour. In the beginning he illustrated stories written by authors Dag E. Kolstad, John Kåre Raake, and later Bjørn Ousland. However, he eventually resigned to write his own material, as it was limited what the others could write for him. The best known comic strips from his Pyton period are Deep Shit Junkies, a comic about a heavy metal band, and Birger-Egil, about a pair of siamese twins with completely different personalities.[1]

In 1997 he decided to start working on his own, and eventually split with Pyton. He created a strip first titled A-laget, about three soccer supporters, but the concept evolved into what became the strip Pondus, one of Scandinavia's most successful comic strips of all time. Along with Pondus, he also created two other comics series, Riskhospitalet (The Risk Hospital - a wordplay on the name of prominent Norwegian hospital, Rikshospitalet (National Hospital)), but Øverli discontinued this series when Pondus gained unexpected popularity. In 2000 he began creating the single panel cartoon Rutetid (a pun on "transportation schedule" and "time for a panel"), published in Pondus and other publications.[1]

Øverli is an award-winning cartoonist, considered one of the most successful in Scandinaviahas. He has received the Norwegian Sproing Award twice; in 1998 following the first Pondus album, Alt for Norge (All for Norway, named after Harald V's royal motto) and in 2003 for the Pondus Christmas album Pondus Julespesial. In 2006 he received the prestigious Swedish Adamson Award.[2]

In addition to his cartoon work, Øverli has provided illustrations for several books.

He currently lives on the Norwegian west-coast island askøy.[3]



Comic strips[edit]

Series Years Publication  
The Deep Shit Junkies   c.1989-1996 Pyton
Birger-Egil c.1992-1996 Pyton
Pondus 1995–present   Pondus
Jubben & Toxi 1996–1999 Bellona Magasin  
Riskhospitalet 1997–2000 Geek
Rutetid 2000–present Pondus

Norwegian volumes[edit]

Series Year   Publisher   ISBN
 1. Første omgang  2001 Schibsted ISBN 82-509-4551-4 
 2. Andre omgang 2002 Schibsted ISBN 82-509-4788-6
 3. Hat trick 2003 Schibsted ISBN 82-509-4955-2
 4. Flat firer 2004 Schibsted ISBN 82-509-5204-9
 5. Fem rette 2005 Schibsted ISBN 82-509-5409-2
 6. 0-6 2006 Schibsted ISBN 82-509-5592-7
 7. Sju lange og sju breie   2007 Egmont ISBN 978-82-429-3132-0  
 8. 8. Divisjon 2008 Egmont ISBN 978-82-429-3697-4  
 9. Nummer 9   2009 Egmont ISBN 978-82-429-4059-9  
Riskhospitalet 2004 Schibsted ISBN 82-509-5141-7

French volumes[edit]

Series Year   Publisher   ISBN
 1. Première mi-temps   2005 Odin ISBN 2-913167-47-0 
 2. Seconde mi-temps 2006 Odin ISBN 2-913167-50-0



  1. ^ a b c Harper, Morten, Samtiden. "Pondus-en fordomsfull folkehelt" (3–2005): 107–117. Archived from the original on 2006-12-30. PDF (in Norwegian)
  2. ^ Ebbesvik, Jan Inge, (2006-09-22). "Pris med pondus til Øverli" (in Norwegian). 
  3. ^ Johnsen, Yngve, Askøyværingen (2006-09-22). "Tror på Pondus-finale" (in Norwegian). 
  4. ^ Norsk Tegneserieforum. "Prisvinnere norsk kategori" (in Norwegian). 
  5. ^ Sørensen, Britt, Bergens Tidene (2006-09-23). "Prestisjepris til Øverli" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2007-09-21. 

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