Cartoonist Chris Browne has passed away.
Christopher Kelly (Chris) Browne
May 16, 1952 – February 4, 2023
Update from the obituary:
Chris Browne, illustrator of the internationally-syndicated comic strip Hagar the Horrible, died here on February 4, 2023, after a long illness. He was 70 years old. Christopher Kelly Browne was born in South Orange, NJ, on May 16, 1952.
He briefly attended Philadelphia College of Art, but he mainly studied with his father, the iconic cartoonist Dik Browne, working in the family business. Aside from assisting on illustrating the comics Hi and Lois and Hagar the Horrible, Chris worked for the National Lampoon magazine and was for years a featured cartoonist at Playboy magazine.
From Tsuiwen Browne-Boeras:
With much sadness, I am here to announce, my brother Christopher Browne passed away peacefully in Sioux Falls, SD after a long-term illness. After our father passed away, he was the face of our family’s cartoon strip Hagar the Horrible.
Chris is probably best known as the cartoonist for Hägar the Horrible. He was a part of the comic since it began in 1973, art assisting and writing gags for his father Dik Browne who created the strip. Since 1988, when Dik became to ill to work, Chris has been the main cartoonist for Hägar, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.
Chris also assisted his father on the Hi and Lois comic strip from 1976 – 1988.
Being an assistant left time for Chris to contribute his own cartoons and comic strips to magazines and comix books and that is where I first became aware of his talents.
In The Funny Papers in 1975.
Around that time he also began contributing his Funny comic strip to National Lampoon.
Then in the late 1970s well into the 1980s Chris was a regular contributor to the Playboy Funnies pages creating an assortment of strips and characters. (Chris wasn’t as lewd as most of the others in the Playboy Funnies.)
In the 1990s and 2000s he concentrated on newspaper comics strips, not exclusively on Hägar.
Chris Browne’s Comic Strip ran daily in 1993 and 1994.
Raising Duncan ran from 2000 to 2005, and even had an NEA Christmas edition in 2002.
We send our deepest condolences to Chris’s family and friends.