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Peter Vimmelskaft

Peter Vimmelskaft Eyes: Black
Hair: None
Race: Human

Marital Status: Single
Base of operations: Copenhagen, Denmark

Story: Peter Vimmelskaft is a little Danish man who enjoys life with his friend the penguin Ping.

Continuity: Peter og Ping
First app.: B.T., March 8, 1922
Creator(s): Storm P. (Robert Storm Petersen)
Country of origin: Denmark Denmark

Background notes: Storm P. was one of the people who introduced the comic medium in Denmark. He started with the strip Kan De Det? which evolved into De tre små mænd og Nummermanden shortly after, both in 1913. In 1922 he started the series Peter Vimmelskaft in the Danish newspaper B.T. on March 8, and with the introduction of the penguin Ping on November 7 the same year the series became Peter og Ping. In the beginning, Peter was a tall skinny man. It wasn't until Ping was introduced that he became short and plumb.

Like Soglow's Little King, Peter og Ping was more amusing than funny. The stories were not supposed to make you laugh out loud; only smile. Storm P. called his jokes fluer (flies) and they became his trademark along with his characteristic artistic style.

Peter og Ping is credited as the first Danish comic to gain international fame. The series was not continued after Storm P.'s death in 1949, but remained in print as comic books long after. The series did not cross over to other medias contrary to De tre små mænd og Nummermanden, but Ping-klubben (the Ping Club), a club for children started by B.T. in 1927, was named after Ping. The club still exists today.

In 1986, an honorary Danish award for comic artists and outlets called Pingprisen was started, named after Ping. Pingprisen in this version was awarded from 1986 to 1996, after which i stopped. In 2012, a new version of Pingprisen was started. This time it had several categories, e.g. Best international Comic in Danish and Best Danish Debut, including an honorary award, Pingprisens Ærespris, for someone who has had an outstanding impact on comics in Denmark.


Related links/characters:
- Storm P. Characters
- Ping

Cross cultural references:
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The Little King: Similar type of humor.