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Hazel, Henry, Happy Musings, Play Better Golf – Axed

King Features Syndicate has cancelled a few comics features.

Henry and Hazel has already been noted here and here.

Also announced is the end of Happy Musings by Sally Huss.

Happy Musings is an illustrated panel featuring a pithy maxim.

Created by artist and author Sally Huss it debuted as a six-day-a-week feature from King Features on October 23, 2006. Its final appearance will be September 29, 2018 according to the notice.

King Features Syndicate is ending syndication of the HAPPY MUSINGS daily comic. The last comics will be for the release week of September 24, ending with September 29.

 

 

Also announced today is the ending of Play Better Golf With Jack Nicklaus.

King Features Syndicate is ending syndication of the PLAY BETTER GOLF WITH JACK NICKLAUS three-times-per-week column.The last columns will be for the release week of October 15.

Play Better Golf With Jack Nicklaus began in 1976 as a three-times-a-week illustrated feature written by Jack Nicklaus and Ken Bowden and illustrated by Jim McQueen. The current offerings are reprints. Ken Bowden died in 2017 and Jim McQueen passed in 2016, but I think the strip went into reprints long before those dates.

The strip had been publishing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; if that is the current situation the last strip would appear October 19, 2018.

The feature is also syndicated by the King Features Weekly Service, unknown if that offering will continue or not.

 

As for Henry and Hazel….

 

King Features Syndicate is ending reprint syndication of the HENRY daily and Sunday comic. The last daily comics will be for the release week of October 22, ending with October 27. The last Sunday release will be for October 28.

Henry by Carl Anderson first appeared as a (mostly) panel in the Saturday Evening Post issue of March 19, 1932 and ran there until February 2, 1935.

King Features and Carl Anderson converted the panel into a strip and began daily syndication of the character on December 17, 1934. It was soon joined by a Sunday page on March 10, 1935.

The syndicated Henry had the help of Don Trachte and, soon John Liney, both stayed with the strip for decades. Before the new dailies ended in 1995 (1990?) it had also been done by cartoonists Jack Tippit and Dick Hodgins, Jr. New Sunday pages were created by Don Trachte until either 1995 (age 80) or 2005 (death), sources differ. The strip has been in reprints since the the end of Hodgins’ daily run and Trachte’s Sunday run.

Again, it is unknown if this also affects the King Features Weekly Service which distributes a Sunday Henry strip.

A look at the integration of the early (Anderson) Henry from Hogan’s Alley and William Foster.

 

Hazel by Ted Key also first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, in 1943. It ran there until February 8, 1969. Four months later it began its daily only syndication from King Features on June 16, 1969.

Ted Key retired in 1993 and for the past 25 years the panel has been in rerun status.

King Features Syndicate is ending syndication of the HAZEL daily comic panel. The last comics will be for the release week of September 24, ending with September 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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