Allan Holtz’s Stripper’s Guide has provided comics researcher Jeffrey Lindenblatt a platform to present his latest project. Jeffrey has taken 300 newspapers, from large to small. and used them as a source to extrapolate the best selling newspaper comics strips from 1978 to 2019.
I decided that I would research 300 different daily papers from big cities to small cities and determine an actual count of which strips are available in how many papers. First question: why 300 papers particularly? At this time not nearly every newspaper is available, so of course I take what I can get. I am a subscriber to newspapers.com service, and they can just barely supply me with 300 daily papers in the year I chose to start. Also, statistically speaking, it is really not necessary to check every newspaper. A representative sample is almost as good.
The December 9 installment is the introduction, while the December 10 installment gives us the ranking of those comic strips that debuted in 1977. The #1 ranked “rookie” strip is a surprise.
This promises to be a fascinating look into recent comic strip history.
Oh, and here’s the pecking order of those 1977 debut strips, with their overall position:
Four of the top five comic strips are story strips, ushering in a new “adventurous decade”; though it should be noted that Spider-Man debuted in January 1977 and Shoe first appeared in November 1977.