Peter Pontiac, a self-taught artist who started his career in comics in the mid-70s, was influenced by the underground comix movement as a whole, and by R. Crumb in particular. Born as Peter J. G. Pollmann in Beverwijk in 1951, Pontiac grew up in the 1960s, where he developed a passion for music and underground comix.
Peter joined a commune in Leiden, where he absorbed the sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll lifestyle. He drew covers for illegal songbooks with texts by Bob Dylan and the Stones, which brought him to the attention of the American music magazine Rolling Stone and the Haarlem artist Joost Swarte. This resulted in publications in the Dutch underground comic magazines Modern Papier and Tante Leny Presenteert and the beginning of Peter's long career as an autobiographical underground artist.
He first used the penname "Pontiac" in 'Mixed-up Memory Mamba', a comic about growing up in the 1960s, that was published in Wipe-Out Comix issue 2. He also contributed to Cocktail Comix, an anthology that presented a new generation of Dutch artists. Soon, his work was also picked up by El Vibora in Spain, and Anarchy Comix and Mondo Snarfo in the States. In Holland, he also illustrated great events in rock & roll history for the music magazines Aloha and Muziek Express.