Alho Asmo

Helsinki, Finland

02.08.1903 - 26.10.1975

Cartoonist, illustrator, comics artist, editor

Alho’s most famous cartoon was Kieku ja Kaiku, which he drew until his death in Cotiliete.

The Kieku ja Kaiku comic began appearing in 1931, starting with a trial issue in Oma Koti magazine. The events took place on the farm of two cockerels, where the Pig later moved to live. Alho did not use speech bubbles, but each frame usually had a two-line rhyme.

Together with H. J. Viherjuri (Veli Giovanni) Alho edited the book “Vuosisatamme kuvissa, oman aikamme historiaa” in 1935. Alho also drew and illustrated for magazines edited by Veli Giovanni, “Pilajuttuja ja piirroksia”, “Kalle Viksari” and “Joulukärpänen”.

Alho not only drew cartoons about animals. Jyry and Pyry appeared in “Lasten Maailmassa” in the 1940s. They were two boys traveling through the Middle Ages. Matti Melkonen, on the other hand, appeared in Suomen Kuvalehti 1940-1975. In 1952, Suomen Kuvalehti began publishing the cartoon Heikku ja Hipsu, which is interesting because it had both people and animals in it. Raoul Roine was a screenwriter.

Asmo Alho, who graduated from the Finnish gymnasium in Helsinki, worked for Elanto magazine after returning from the army, and as an assistant to illustrator Pekka Puupaya Ola Fogelberg. Alho worked as an editor and illustrator at Otava Publishing house from 1927 to 1936, in Uuda, Finland from 1936 to 1943, and in Yhtyney Kuvalehti from 1943 to 1968. Asmo Alho received the Puupäähattu Award of the Finnish Comics Society in 1975.

Reference: Wikipedia, 2018




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