King Features’s The Archivist blog notes that Bill Hoest’s The Lockhorns has turned 45 years old this week.
There have been unhappy spouses in comic strips before, from the ever-bickering Greens in MR. & MRS. to the battle-strewn, married life of Jiggs and Maggie in BRINGING UP FATHER, but THE LOCKHORNS is different. Other comic couples would kiss and make up now and again, and their disagreements (and assaults) forgiven, at least for a while. However, Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn never weaken on their position. They genuinely despise each other. Any occasion is grounds for venomous sarcasm to spew forth with even the threat of physical violence. (Fortunately, we?re spared actually seeing that.)
Bill drew the strip from 1968 up to his death in 1988. His wife Bunny and artist John Reiner have kept the strip going these last 15 years.
Head over to The Archivist to see a sample of The Lockhorns over the years.