Gustave Verbeek

Gustave Verbeek was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1867.  He was the son of a Belgian missionary,
head of the Tokyo School, which would become the Imperial University. His childhood was spent in Japan, he then studied in Paris, and finally moved to the United States in 1900 to begin a
collaboration with a number of important illustrated magazines (Harper's, Saturday Evening Post). A few years later he entered the New York Herald, where he published three original comic strips: The Upside Downs of Little Lady Lovekins and Old Man Muffaroo (1903-1905 - this could be read rightside-up and upside down, every panel making sequential sense in both directions!), The Terrors of the Tiny Tads (1905-1915), and The Loony Lyrics of Lulu (1910). In the 1920s Verbeek retired from comics and became a painter and sculptor. He died in 1937.

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