It was October 1970 and a few newspapers were willing to take a chance
on a new comic strip about college life from a recent college graduate.
On October 26, 1970 college students Mike and BD made their national debut in the Doonesbury comic strip. It would prove to be very popular, though politics would soon overwhelm collegiate activities as the raison d’etre for the strip. But make no mistake, cartoonist Garry Trudeau‘s ever-growing cast of characters would remain front and center.
The popularity of the strip would carry over to books. A long running, and best selling, series ran from 1972 until the daily strip ended in 2014 – the Sunday page continues to this very day. The last panel of the first strip would start a long, but not everlasting, tradition of titling the books after a quote from the comic. The covers of the books tell a quasi-history of the strip, and America.