1990 Numbers (Comic Strip Survey)

This week saw the return of Jeffrey Lindenblatt’s survey of newspaper comic strip trends of the past, this time he looks at the circulation figures of comics in 300 269 newspapers during the year of 1990 (in three parts). What strip were on the rise, which comics were losing clients.

The end of Bloom County caused a lot of movement in the Top 30. Calvin & Hobbes moves up 5 places from 11 to 6. For Better or For Worse moves from 13 to 10 and Cathy moves from 18 to 15 and joins the 100th club. Cathy replaces Bloom County in the club so our total is still 16 strips that have 100 strips or more.

Sally Forth, Arlo and Janis and Funky Winkerbean entered the Top 30. The three strips that fell out of the Top 30 were Bloom County, Winthrop, and Gasoline Alley.

© Jeffrey Lindenblatt

Above are the Top 10 comic strips in Jeffrey’s chart of the Top 30, it is followed by a list of over a hundred more circulation numbers of strips and panels that appeared in his newspaper survey.

Jeffrey Lindenblatt’s Paper Trends is a fascinating part of
Allan Holtz‘s always appreciated Stripper’s Guide blog.