All about Douwe Dabbert

and translated albums 

Bermudillo, Timpe Tampert, Daniel Dudek, Gammelpot, Dusty Dabbert, Teobald, Nicky Bommel, Danny Doodle, Bobo Pak Janggut ..... and Barbie, released in UAE

Specialties / Particularities, such as

Birth announcement of 

Juriaan Wagner

Birth announcement of 

Gawein Wagner (1991)

Birth announcement of 

Tristan Wagner

Birth announcement of Giannina Rosaria Schoonens (1994)

Originally b/w. Later colored by Giannina herself.

A few years ago Uitgeverij L was still searching for a new house style for its new editions. At that time "announcements" appeared on the Internet with a cover that was not yet final, including the first designs by Rudy Vrooman.

Nice to see some old cover designs of this. So an album in this form does not exist at all.


Chromos:  A type of paper that is extra sensitive to reproduce the correct values of colors. The full name is Cromalin and is a brand name of the fa. Du Pont and is a photo-mechanical proof system developed in America.  Since the system was the only usable system for a long time, the brand name was used in practice as the product name. The Maggi effect and also Spa red is one such example.


Broadly speaking, what Cromalin did was to make a color proof of the films of a 4-cl. Litho without, that you had to make image carriers (plates) and start printing on a proof press or production machine. So this saved an enormous amount of time and money.

From the beginning there was always a lively discussion, to what extent such an "imitation proof" would be a good prediction of the final print result. Later, more systems were developed, such as MatchPrint from 3M and Agfaproof from Agfa. All of which did the same thing. The funny thing is, people also kept calling the final products of these systems Cromalins.


Now, of course, all this has been superseded by digital techniques. Nowadays, one prints a high-quality full-color image of a picture on an ink-jet printer in no time. The printers are manipulated with special software to produce an image that is an excellent match for the final print result. One can then easily choose in the software a result in sheet-fed or web offset, or in gravure, or any other printing technique. 

The note on front of the sheet below: "something - red" and "correction - proof", was done by the printing company. Of course, they were not yet working digitally, and so the coloring was scanned in red, yellow and green. Then the black of the line film was added. To adjust the correct values, a proof cromalin was occasionally made, which the lithographer then reviewed, and occasionally provided corrections or directions.

Typed text Douwe Dabbert

That way, Thom Roep delivered the scenarios to Piet Wijn and then he got to fit, measure (determine the layout) and start drawing....

'Design for a file accompanying the reissue of all Douwe Dabbert stories by publisher L. For the first part, 'De Spoiled Princess' (2014), the file was compiled and written by Jan-Willem de Vries based on interviews with Thom Roep and the family Wijn. Thom Roep wrote the files for all subsequent parts.'

Large sheets of paper as the basis for the Douwe Dabbert deluxe edition, published by Barabas Publishers. Size: 34.6 x 45.6 cm.


What was the process like? Thom Roep was sent the sheets by Barabas Publishers to pre-number and sign. Then he sent them to the printer and each sheet became the first content page of Barabas' large and expensive edition, in the format Piet Wijn drew on.

Some large sheets of paper as the basis for Douwe Dabbert Knapsack edition, published by Barabas Publishing House. Size: 46 x 32 cm.


What was the process like? Thom Roep was sent the sheets by Publisher Barabas to pre-number and sign. Then he sent them to the printer and each sheet became the first page of the Barabas Knapsack issue.