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27 January 2020

Bob and Bobette, 75th Anniversary

Belgium: Bob and Bobette 75th Anniversary, 27 January 2020. Images from Colnect, unless otherwise noted.

Theme: Willy Vandersteen gave life to the cartoon characters Suske and Wiske. The series has been running since 1945 and is one of the longest-running comic series in the Benelux. Willy drew and worked out all the stories herself in the beginning. With this issue we show the evolution of the cartoon characters: from the very beginning to the present.


a. On the island of Amoras

b. The treasure of Beersel

c. The sound tapper

d. The hijackers

e. The planet eaters
Sheet: Sketch of a page from the Suske and Wiske strips
Creation: Drawings Studio Vandersteen
Layout: Kris Maes
Format of the stamps: ae: 40mm x 40mm bcd: 30mm x 40mm
Size of the leaf: 190mm x 190mm
Layout of the leaf: 10 stamps (2×5 stamps)
Value: 1 Non Prior destination Belgium
For: normalized shipments up to 50g
Paper: gummed white FSC
Tanding: 11 1/2
Printing process: Offset
Date of issue: January 27, 2020
Repro and printing: bpost Philately & Stamps Printing

Belgium: Bob and Bobette 75th Anniversary strip of 5, 27 January 2020. Image from eBay auction.

Commemorative Sheets – 100 years of Vandersteen
100 years of Willy Vandersteen. The best of his work on 5 sheets with exclusive stamps!

Spike and Suzy (British title), Willy and Wanda (American title) or Luke and Lucy (in a 2009 film and video game); Dutch: Suske en Wiske, French: Bob et Bobette is a Belgian comics series created by the comics author Willy Vandersteen.

It was first published in De Nieuwe Standaard in 1945 and soon became popular. Although not in its earlier form, the strip adapted to the Ligne claire style, pioneered by Hergé. This change took place when the strip became serialised in Hergé’s Franco-Belgian comics magazine Tintin from 1948 to 1959.

The books revolve around the adventures of the eponymous Spike and Suzy, two children (pre-adolescent or adolescent depending on the album), along with their friends and family. The stories combine elements of comedy, fantasy, and science fiction, such as talking animals, time travel and ghosts. The strip still runs daily in the Belgian newspaper De Standaard, and new books continue to be published; as of May 2017, 339 albums have been published.

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