Comic Strips Chits

Legendary Gets Hollywood Rights to Heathcliff

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Move over Garfield, there’s a new cat in town. Or rather, the previous cat is back and looking to score the spotlight.

Legendary has picked up the feature and TV rights to Heathcliff, the comic strip featuring the cocky and street-smart cat about town, Heathcliff. The company plans to develop both simultaneously.

The Hollywood Reporter has details.


Dennis the Menace Gag Writer Profiled

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Who got Dennis the Menace in a laundry basket of trouble over the years? One man responsible was Pittsfield-born Donald Horrigan (1921-2013). Longtime Berkshire Eagle columnist Richard V. Happel learned about Horrigan’s 20-year association with Dennis the Menace and got in touch with him in 1982.

“Mr. Horrigan says he wanted to be a writer since his childhood days in Pittsfield,” Happel wrote. “In junior high school here he was considered the class wit, but admitted he had to tone down the humor when he entered high school because the teachers didn’t approve of it.”

Don Horrigan is profiled by Bernard A. Drew (Berkshire Eagle).


Snopes Investigates a 1978 Mike Peters Editorial Strip

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Claim: A cartoon satirizing the rhetoric of opponents to solar power was authentic and dated from the 1970s. 

In September 2021, an old political cartoon that lampooned fossil fuel industry and anti-renewable energy rhetoric regained prominence online, thanks to a popular Reddit post, which described the strip as “a funny 70s cartoon I found on Facebook.” 

The meme consisted of an embedded caption — “This 70s cartoon is still too accurate!” — and a series of illustrations of a man in a suit sitting behind a large desk with “Big Oil” inscribed on his name plate.

Snopes reveals why it turned up this month and the background.


After Calvin and Hobbes Who Now in Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County?

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Go to Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Facebook and scroll back to early August for the first.


Profiling an Original Multi-Media Magnate

For instance, from his earliest days in San Francisco, Hearst put cartoons in his papers. In the 1890s, Hearst adopted the comic strip and the Sunday color comic supplement to help battle Pulitzer for circulation. He published “Buster Brown,” “Mutt and Jeff” and “Krazy Kat,” helping establish the art form. He started King Features, the first big comic-strip syndicate, which included “Barney Google,” “Popeye the Sailor,” “Blondie,” “Prince Valiant” and “Beetle Bailey,” the last strip Hearst approved before he died.

Clint Schemmer and The Culpepper Star-Exponent profile Wm. Randolph Hearst
and his Virginia roots an the eve of the PBS Citizen Hearst documentary.