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The Al Jaffee Project – Audience Participation

Sam Viviano has devised a wonderful project for the world. Next month (March 13) is Al Jaffee‘s 100th birthday and Sam has an idea that involves very little effort on our part: In normal times, we’d throw a huge party, and invite all fifty billion of Al’s closest friends to attend. Unfortunately, this is not […]

Posted on: Feb 8, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Events, Comments: 1 Comment

January 7 Comic Strip Anniversaries

A number of comic strips debuted on January 7. 1900 (not the first strip)   1929© Dille Co.   1929© ERB Inc.   1934© King Features Syndicate   1990© Baby Blues Bros.   1991© Lincoln Peirce  

Posted on: Jan 7, 2021,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on January 7 Comic Strip Anniversaries

Calvin and Hobbes 35th

November 18, 1985 saw… …the introduction of one of the greatest comic strips of all time. With 125 years of historic comic strips to choose from Calvin and Hobbes makes almost everybody’s All-Time Top Ten list. And rightfully so. Calvin and Hobbes‘s greatest triumph was its emotional complexity. Strips could simply be funny, sure, but […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Happy Birthday Rupert Bear, a Comic Centennial

Rupert characters are © & ™ Express Newspapers & DreamWorks Newspaper comic features that are still appearing in newly produced and printed episodes after 100 year can be counted on one hand – Gasoline Alley, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Thimble Theater starring Popeye, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, and now Rupert Bear.* On November […]

Posted on: Nov 8, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Doonesbury at 50, part 2

Was a bit shocked at the lack of articles noting the 50th anniversary of Doonesbury. Surprisingly Ultimate Classic Rock featured one of the two to appear. Unfortunately they pretty much credit Doonesbury with introducing politics to the daily comics pages. That aside the article does look at the reasons for Doonesbury’s success: Traditionally, comic strips […]

Posted on: Oct 27, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Doonesbury at 50, part 2

Paul F. Gray Joins the Senior Strippers Club

A(nother) belated notice that Paul Frank Gray is now a dues-paying member of the Senior Strippers club. We wish the Reverend Paul Gray a happy and blessed belated birthday, born October 10, 1930. From Assemblies of God last December: Since 2002, Gray has drawn the faith-based cartoon “Shades of Gray” for the religious page of […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartooning, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Paul F. Gray Joins the Senior Strippers Club

Featuring Good Seventy-year-ol’ Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown remains my favorite Peanuts character. Peanuts and the characters are © Peanuts Worldwide LLC Seventy years after its creation, and 20 years after the death of its creator, Charles M. Schulz‘s Peanuts remains on of the most popular and influential comic strips of all time. The anniversary is being celebrated across the world […]

Posted on: Oct 2, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Dueling Centennials – Winkle and Ward

September 20, 1920 saw two debuts. Winnie Winkle by Martin Branner first appeared on this date in 1920.Tom Heintjes and the HoganMag Twitter are showing the first daily strips here and here. So here’s the first Winnie Winkle Sunday (April 2, 1922) featuring new cast member Perry. Below is the last Winnie Winkle strip from […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2020,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Dueling Centennials – Winkle and Ward

Blondie and Dagwood Turn 90

above: Blondie by Chic Young (1930) Chic Young’s Blondie comic strip first appeared on September 8, 1930. above: the debut of Blondie and Dagwood In 2012 R. C. Harvey informed us of the history of the strip and it’s creator. The authorized Blondie backstory via The Wayback Machine.   It took a walk down the […]

Posted on: Sep 7, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Celebrating Beetle Bailey at 70

  The Beetle Bailey comic strip first appeared in newspapers on September 4, 1950. 70 years later The Walker Brothers are celebrating the anniversary during the first week of September. Kicking it off a little early is Brian Walker writing a brief column about the early Beetle for the Comics Kingdom blog. Beetle Bailey debuted inauspiciously […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

At 90 Betty Boop Becomes a Senior Stripper

Betty Boop debuted 90 years ago with the August 9, 1930 release of Dirty Dizzy Dishes. Animation Magazine has a slight overview of Betty Boop at 90. The Forward has a look at creator Max Fleischer. Via YouTube is that introductory Dirty Dishes: After the Hayes Code toned down Betty’s scandalous behavior her popularity never […]

Posted on: Aug 8, 2020,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Famed comics publisher James Warren turns 90 today – born July 29, 1930. I guess technically he should be an Honorary Senior Stripper since Jim didn’t write or draw comics. But he certainly was a major supporter and influencer of comic books with his black and white magazines. During The Sixties and into The Seventies […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Publisher James Warren Joins the Senior Strippers

Arlo and Janis at 35

Jimmy Johnson celebrates 35 years of his Arlo and Janis comic strip by reproducing the very first strip as today’s issue: This week’s strip have been celebrating the anniversary, now he is extending the hoopla to his blog: The comic strip Arlo & Janis began life when it first appeared in newspapers 35 years ago […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Brian Crane, Pickle-ing For 30 Years

30 years ago, April 2, 1990, saw the debut of Pickles by Brian Crane. above: the first Pickles comic strip Since that beginning the strip has become very successful: Whether observing the differences between genders and generations or taking a wry but sympathetic look at life in the twilight years, Crane’s good-natured wit and dry […]

Posted on: Apr 2, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

60 Years of Good Keane Fun

It says here that February 29 is the birthday of Superman, L.O.Annie, and Captain Marvel. I don’t know about that. But I do know that sixty years ago, Leap Day 1960, was the first public appearance of The Family Circle by Bil Keane! Jeff Keane celebrates that anniversary in today’s The Family Circus. Wait. The […]

Posted on: Feb 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments