I was brainstorming about a book to write about, and decided to write about something from childhood….but what? Well, one thing I looked forward to every week was reading the comics, or “funnies” in the Sunday newspaper. The daily paper’s comics were black and white but the Sunday paper’s comics were in color, so therefore were better. So, here’s a countdown of my top 10 vintage comic strips. I’ve included the Wikipedia link for each one.
Bill Keane created the cartoon in the 1960s and his son Jeff continues to draw them. I loved the little invisible “not me” kids that always seemed to show up when the kids did something wrong. If I remember correctly, the boy in the comic above is Jeffie.
Hagar the Horrible was written by Dik Browne and has been continued by his son Chris. I liked that he always seemed to have a giant turkey leg in his hand unless he was out pillaging.
Fun Fact: Chris Browne wrote a children’s book about South Dakota!
Beetle Bailey was created by Mort Walker, and he worked on the strip until he died at age 94! After Mort Walker’s death, his granddaughter Janie Walker-Yates and her husband Mike Yates began illustrating the strip.
Marmaduke is another cartoon strip that has been kept in the family. Brad Anderson created the strip in 1954 and Paul Anderson took over in 2015.
I always thought Blondie was more about Dagwood, her husband, and his appetite.
The strip was started in 1930 by Chic Young and has since been taken over by his son Dean Young and other collaborative artists.
Fun Fact: the town I live in has a sandwich shop called Dagwood’s and they live up to the name!
Dennis the Menace was created by Hank Ketcham in 1951. I loved how Dennis’ well meaning (sometimes) antics drove Mr. Wilson crazy. The comic has been continued since Ketcham’s death by his former assistants and his son.
Peanuts, or to many kids, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, was created by Charles Schulz in 1950. It ran until 2000 and is now in “reruns” I love Sally!!