1988, yes. I spent most of the 90's reading mythology for fun, playing with LEGO and watching Jurassic Park and by the late 90's when I was old enough to find out about the guy and maybe learn some English the only thing I cared about was playing Magic with my friends.
Edit: also Pigtails, cultural differences between European countries are pretty massive so a comedian that was big in Denmark may never have made any impact on the Netherlands or France or any other EU country.
The huge scene of Franko-Belgian comics from the 70's and 80's for example were translated into many languages and distributed to the Scandinavian markets but they were muh less often translated in English which is why you poor fools are still without translations of most of Franquin's work despite his comedic genius.
Edited, Dec 19th 2013 12:59am by Aethien