The current cast: from left to right Lambik, Wiske, Suske, aunt Sidonia, professor Barabas and Jerom
Suske & Wiske is the most popular comic in the Lower Countries (The Netherlands and Belgium). The main characters of this comic are:
Apart from these main characters there are some other characters which appear now and then: the evil dr. Krimson, the stupid bandits Snoeffel and Gaffel, Suske's forefather the ghost Sus Antigoon, Lambik's brother Arthur the flying ape and the fanatical vacuum cleaner salesman Theofiel Boemerang. Michael van Hartskamp collects the character names in international issues of Suske & Wiske.
The main sequence of the books currently (February 1995) is at number 254. While the first 66 albums are out of stock, the list of later albums is far too large to list here. Michael van Hartskamp supplies an overview of titles of Suske & Wiske books. You can also view a recent page with sub-titles.
The cast in the fifties: from left to right Lambik, Wiske, Suske and aunt Sidonia
The Suske & Wiske comics were created by the Belgian artist Willy Vandersteen (born in Antwerp, March 15, 1913, died in Edegem, August 28, 1990, image 43kB) The first strip of Suske & Wiske appeared in the Belgian newspaper De nieuwe Standaard on March 30, 1945. In the 50 years that the series exists one can see Vandersteens drawing techniques change. One of the most interesting periods in Vandersteen's development is the period in which he worked together with Hergé, the creator of Tintin (1948-1959). In this period Vandersteen produced eight stories which came to be known as the blue sequence. After the death of Vandersteen, the series was continued by his studio directed by Paul Geerts. Apart from Suske & Wiske Willy Vandersteen created many comics that are well known in the Lower Countries: Bessy, The Red Knight, Jerom, Karl May and Robert & Bertrand.