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Brian Crane, Pickle-ing For 30 Years

30 years ago, April 2, 1990, saw the debut of Pickles by Brian Crane. above: the first Pickles comic strip Since that beginning the strip has become very successful: Whether observing the differences between genders and generations or taking a wry but sympathetic look at life in the twilight years, Crane’s good-natured wit and dry […]

Posted on: Apr 2, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

60 Years of Good Keane Fun

It says here that February 29 is the birthday of Superman, L.O.Annie, and Captain Marvel. I don’t know about that. But I do know that sixty years ago, Leap Day 1960, was the first public appearance of The Family Circle by Bil Keane! Jeff Keane celebrates that anniversary in today’s The Family Circus. Wait. The […]

Posted on: Feb 29, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

James Thurber‘s first drawings appeared in the The New Yorker dated ninety years ago today. In the New Yorker issue dated February 22, 1930 a short James Thurber contribution included two illustrations, the first Thurber drawings to appear in the magazine. [James Thurber’s words first appeared in the February 26, 1927 New Yorker, but since […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

90 Years Ago – Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Debuts

Mickey Mouse first appeared in an animated short in the Fall of 1928 and was an instant hit. By the next Summer: The popular Mickey cartoons piqued the interest of J.V. Connelly of King Features Syndicate, who proposed the release of a Mickey Mouse comic strip as early as June 1929. The Disney Studio soon […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Je Suis Charlie – Cinq Ans Après

The current issue of Charlie Hebdo is a special about The New Censors. (Google translation)   AlterNet looks at French humor on the fifth anniversary of the horrible terror attack: Before 2015, about 40,000 people read Charlie Hebdo each week. Given that many hundreds of thousands declared “je suis Charlie”, most were clearly not regular […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Anniversaries, Caricature, Cartooning, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Je Suis Charlie – Cinq Ans Après

Happy 90th Charlie Daniel

Cartoonist Charlie Daniel was born December 14, 1929; today he becomes. in our parlance, a Senior Stripper. Happy Birthday Charlie! For 60 years, from 1958 to 2019, Charlie was cartooning for Knoxville, Tennessee. Charlie was let go by Gannett early this year. Charlie has been honored throughout his career, most recently being awarded the Distinguished […]

Posted on: Dec 14, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Anniversaries, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Happy 90th Charlie Daniel

100-Year-Old Felix the Cat

Although there were earlier cats animated by the Pat Sullivan Studios, it is generally agreed that Feline Funnies, released on November 9, 1919, is the first appearance of Felix the Cat. And the cat became the world’s first animated superstar.   Although Pat Sulivan is officially credited as the creator of Felix the Cat, it […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2019,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on 100-Year-Old Felix the Cat

On the 90th Anniversary Popeye Watch

Literally – a 90th anniversary Popeye wristwatch. Bamford London is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Popeye with the release of a new collaborative watch. The watch is made alongside the cartoon’s owner King Features, which has graced Bamford London’s GMT model with Popeye motifs throughout its design. Channeling the nautical theme synonymous with Popeye, the […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on On the 90th Anniversary Popeye Watch

Don Perlin – Senior Stripper!

Happy Birthday to comic book artist Don Perlin, born August 27, 1929.   The reward for reaching age 90 is The Daily Cartoonist Senior Strippers Plaque: No, wait! There is no such Daily Cartoonist honor, that’s Don getting the National Cartoonists Society’s divisional Comic Book Award in 1997.     Don began his comic book […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Don Perlin – Senior Stripper!

King Features Sends Birthday Greetings to Barney

  At Comics Kingdom today a number of John Rose’s stablemates joined in wishing  Barney Google a Happy One Hundredth.   Shoe   Arctic Circle   Mark Trail   Pros and Cons   On The Fastrack   Mutts   Six Chix   Dennis the Menace   Not the first time the Mitchell family has visited […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Barney Google is 100

  Barney Google (and Snuffy Smith) June 17, 1919 – present (and beyond)   We’ve mentioned the centennial celebration here and here and here. So this is just to mark the official 100th on June 17, 2019. John Rose, after a couple of weeks with birthday guests, jumped the gun by one day with the […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Popeye at 90 – License to Grow

  It’s the 90th anniversary of Popeye‘s debut (and the 100th of Thimble Theatre). But age isn’t slowing down the Sailor Man. His comic strip continues with reprinted Bud Sagendorf dailies and new Hy Eisman Sunday pages, and this year it was joined by a companion Sunday strip—Popeye’s Cartoon Club by various celebrity cartoonists. But […]

Posted on: May 30, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, King Features, Licensing, Comments: Comments Off on Popeye at 90 – License to Grow

Exploring Calvin & Hobbes site launches; new book next week

Universal Uclick has launched a new website to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of the launch of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. On the site you can buy Calvin and Hobbes books, reprints and the book, Exploring Calvin and Hobbes An Exhibition Catalogue. The new book is the catalogue for Bill’s exhibition at the Billy […]

Posted on: Mar 6, 2015,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Luann turns 30. All month long

March 17th will mark the 30th anniversary of Greg Evans’s Luann (see the first comic above). From GoComics: ?If time flies when you’re having fun, then I’ve had a blast the past 30 years!? Evans said. ?I feel lucky that I’ve been able to spend nearly half my life doing the thing I love most: […]

Posted on: Mar 3, 2015,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Larry Wright’s Kit ‘N’ Carlyle Celebrates 30 Years

Larry Wright’s Carlyle celebrates 30 years in syndication on December 1st. The comic features Kit, a single working woman, and Carlyle, a spunky kitten who can turn from cuddly to cunning at the drop of a hat. “My family and I have owned lots of real cats over many past decades,” Wright said. “But having […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2010,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 12 Comments