Karel Biddeloo

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Karel Biddeloo was a Flemish comics artist, best remembered as the fourth and longest-running artist to continue Willy Vandersteen's knight comics series 'De Rode Ridder' (1959). With 36 years on his resumé (1969-2004) he put his personal stamp on it like nobody else before or after did. He created new recurring characters such as the diabolical wizard Bahaal, the good fairy Galaxa and her demonic counterpart Demonia. Inspired by U.S. action comics Biddeloo used more dynamic lay-out and panels, which were quite innovative in Belgian comics at the time. Under his pen 'De Rode Ridder' evolved into sword & sorcery. Horror and eroticism became more blatant, which led to accusations that the series had turned into pulp. Others felt Biddeloo brought back excitement to a bland studio project. Whether one loved or hated his work Biddeloo did manage to turn 'De Rode Ridder' into a best-seller. Even after Vandersteen's and his own death it remains the longest-running Vandersteen comic apart from 'Suske en Wiske'. Biddeloo's version still enjoys a cult following today, though also because of its unintentional camp appeal.…Comiclopedia
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