Martin Lodewijk

Martin Lodewijk was born in Rotterdam. He dropped out of high school in 1957, and started drawing cartoons, notably of spacecraft and pirates. In 1959, his first cartoon was published in the newspaper Het Parool, after which he specialized in drawing for commercial advertising. For the weekly comics magazine Pep, he created the Agent 327 comic in 1966, followed by scripts for other cartoonists, such as Don Lawrence’s Storm. After the comic magazines Pep and Sjors merged into Eppo, Lodewijk became its chief editor.

Stripschapprijs 1978

For his whole work in comics, Lodewijk was presented the Stripschapprijs in 1978, the highest award in the Dutch comics world. From 2004 onward, Lodewijk succeeded Willy Vandersteen and Karel Biddeloo as writer for De Rode Ridder, with drawings by Claus Scholz. Lodewijk has worked on the third Open Source movie by the Blender Foundation, Sintel.


At 29 April in 2011 Martin Lodewijk became Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. He received this royal medal because of his comic work.


Here is a very limited selection of Martin's output in comics, reflecting the preferences of our staff:

Agent 327 All volumes (Artist and Writer)
January Jones (Writer)
Johnny Goodbye (Writer)
Lucky Luke, Volume: La Corde du pendu 1981 (Eng: The Rope of the Hanged) (Writer)
Quark (Writer)
De Rode Ridder (Writer)
Storm (Writer)
Twee voor Thee (Writer)

Martin @ Anime 2012

Martin is one of the three judges for the Dutch Manga Awards on Friday, will speak of his experience as a writer for comics on Friday and Saturday, do signing sessions in Artists Avenue on Saturday and Sunday and is on the panel The Future of Comics is Manga on Sunday.

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