Ever Meulen

Eddy Vermeulen

Ever Meulen [myoo-lin] (born Eddy Vermeulen in 1946) is a Belgian illustrator, cartoonist, caricaturist and comic strip artist. His pseudonym is based on his name E. Vermeulen.

Vermeulen studied graphic arts at the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Ghent and Brussels. He debuted in 1970, working for the magazine ‘Humo,’ where he drew both comics (‘Balthazar de Groene Steenvreter’ (‘Balthasar the Green Stone Eater’) and ‘Piet Peuk’ (‘Pete Stub’)), as well as cover illustrations, caricatures and illustrations to articles. When ‘Humo’ published books or CDs, Meulen often provided the cover illustration.

In 1983, ‘Humo’ won a Gold Award for a magazine cover created by Meulen about the visit of pope John-Paul II to Poland, which featured a photograph of the pope sporting Lech Walesa’s moustache.

Meulen also had success abroad. In the Netherlands his work was published in the underground comix magazine ‘Tante Leny presenteert!,’ as well as ‘Vrij Nederland’ and ‘OOR.’ In France he published in ‘Libération’ and ‘Télé-Moustique.’ During the 1980s his work appeared in ‘Raw’ and ‘The New Yorker.’ Meulen’s book ‘Verve’ (2006), collecting his most important graphic work from 1988 to 2005, has a foreword by Art Spiegelman. Other artists who praised his work were Saul Steinberg and Andy Warhol.

Meulen is known for his love of stylish cars and motorcycles, as well as old Belgian comics from ‘Tintin’ and ‘Spirou,’ two elements he frequently pays homage to in his work. He owns an Oldsmobile. His early work is elegant and extravagant, while from 1979 his style became ‘sharper and hookier.’ He taught at Sint-Lucas in Ghent, where one of his students was Jeroom.

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