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Comic Strip / Paulus de Boskabouter

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Paulus de Boskabouter was a Dutch comic strip, drawn by Jean Dulieu (pseudonym of Jan van Oort), from 1946 to 1984. As with most Dutch comic strip series from the mid 20th century it was published without text balloons. The text could be read below the images.

The series tell the adventures of a wood gnome, Paulus, who lives in the forest and has frequent interactions with his animal friends Oehoeboeroe the owl, Salomo the raven and Gregorius the badger. His Arch-Enemy is Eucalypta the witch, who has a sidekick baby chick named Krakras.

The series were very popular with children and became a Cash-Cow Franchise spawning both books, a radio show and a TV puppet series. Most impressive of all is that Dulieu almost did everything himself: the comics, the stories, even the voices and puppets for the radio and TV series.

Paulus De Boskabouter has been translated in many languages, including German, English, Swedish, South African (Afrikaans), Indonesian and Japanese.


  • Animal Stereotypes: Oehoeboeroe is a wise, but stern, stoic owl. Reintje is a cunning and evil fox.
  • Antiquated Linguistics:
    • Oehoeboeroe the owl uses very old fashioned expressions.
    • Gregorius, who always mixes up words and expressions in weird new creations.
  • Gag Nose: Eucalypta's has a large nose, fitting for an ugly witch like her.
  • In Harmony with Nature: Paulus lives in harmony with all the forest creatures.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Paulus, a wood gnome, is friends with Oehoeboeroe the owl, Salomo the raven and Gregorius the badger. Similarly Eucalypta the Witch is best friends with Krakras, a featherless baby chick.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Paulus usually wears his red suit.
  • Never Bareheaded: Subverted by Paulus, who never wears a hat.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Eucalypta's evil sidekick is Krakras, a little featherless chick.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Oehoeboeroe is a very stoic owl, who usually remains solemn and calm at all times, providing words of wisdom and using very old-fashioned language.
  • Print Long-Runners: The comic strip was published from 1946 tot 1957, then followed by a second series from 1963 until 1967. After another hiatus it was revived for a final time from 1973 to 1984.
  • Shout-Out: Paulus has a cameo appearance in the Douwe Dabbert story Het bedrog van Balthasar.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Eucalypta has a wonderful hooked nose.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Paulus can talk to animals.
  • Spoonerism: Gregorius the badger isn't very bright and everything he says is a contamination of different words and expressions.
  • Talking Animal: All animals are able to talk.
  • Verbal Tic Name: Krakras the crow, whose name is based on the crow sound Kra, described as krassen in Dutch. Oehoeboeroe the owl's name is based on the sounds an owl makes.