Ungermann, Arne

Arne Ungermann (1902-1981), was not only one of Denmark's finest illustrators, but also one of the most important comic artists. In his long and brilliant career Ungermann illustrated lots of books - especially children's books - and was for decades the man behind the strip about the maid Hanne Hansen. Arne Ungermann with the barely known surname of Jørgensen was born in Odense in 1902. He was trained as a lithographer and worked for Funish newspapers in the beginning. In 1924 he moved to Copenhagen, where he was hired by the ad department of the daily newspaper Politiken. As early as 1925 he created his first strip, "Kasper Knalds Oplevelser", which ran in Fyens Stiftstidende. In 1930 he began drawing for Politikens Sunday supplement, "Magasinet" - and it was here that he created Hanne Hansen in 1935.From the beginning Hanne Hansen took up a whole page in color every Sunday. Ungermann didn't color the strip himself, but handed in complete color manuals to the paper's printers. Hanne Hansen was popular with the adult readers right from the beginning, because Ungermann based his humorous episodes on the everyday life of the Danes - a life often fraught with hardship in the 1930's. Hanne Hansen soon got an admirer, "Brille", whom she married in 1958, after which she retired from life as a comic strip character. How the Olsen family, whom she dutifully served until her last day, later fared without Hanne, remains a mystery.Arne Ungermann also illustrated the classic children's book "Palle Alene i Verden" - and was the recipient of the children's literature prize "Børnebogsprisen" in 1961. He also designed posters and it was Ungermann who drew the famous title cards so typical of their day for the TV series "Matador".Ungermann died on February 25, 1981. He still has a large, devoted fan following - and was recently celebrated with a book and an exhibition at Sophienholm, and has been the subject of a TV profile on the channel DK4. Comicart.dk is proud to present a number of Ungermanns finest classic pages. None of them have a date, but cognoscenti will surely remember many of them from "Magasinet".