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Wee Pals creator Morris “Morrie” Turner passes at age 90

Wee Pals creator Morris “Morrie” Turner has passed at the the of 90.

From KTVU:

Turner developed the ethnically diverse comic strip in 1965 at the urging of his mentor Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip.

He was recognized in 2003 by the National Cartoonist Society for his work with the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Community Comments

#1 Tom Falco
January/27/2014
@ 11:10 am

I enjoyed Morrie’s strip. I liked the fact that he kept going way up to his 90s. Most strips seem to outlast their creativeness, but there was something nostalgic about the strip that I liked.

#2 Kerry G. Johnson
January/27/2014
@ 12:11 pm

I am sorry to hear this news. Morrie Turner was a talented cartoonist and trailblazer for myself and so many other African American cartoonists. I remember as a boy enjoying Wee Pals. I’m sending my blessings to his family.

#3 Marie Rouppet
January/27/2014
@ 5:21 pm

Godspeed Mr. Turner for spreading love and tolerance and keeping the haters in check.

#4 Ed Power
January/28/2014
@ 9:09 am

I wrote him a few times to tell him how much I loved ‘Wee Pals’ (my cousin had given me a copy of a campilation book as a kids, and for months I carried it everywhere). He was a very nice man who wrote a once great, and now greatly under appreciated, strip.

#5 T. Brian Kelly
January/28/2014
@ 6:19 pm

The cartooning profession has lost an incredibly talented cartoonist and a truly kind and decent man. I had the good fortune to meet Morrie when I lived in Oakland years ago. He always took the time to look at drawings and offer valuable suggestions to improve them. He was an inspiration to me and I’m sure many others over the years. My sincere prayers to his family and everyone who knew him. Rest in peace, sir.

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