Monday, April 09, 2007

Johnny Hart RIP

I meant to note Mr. Hart's passing yesterday. Just let me say he was one of the better comic strip artists of the past fifty years, and had the grace to depart this veil of anguish the same way that Disney veteran Joe Grant did: Working at his drawing table...

Cartoonist Johnny Hart, who created the popular Stone Age comic strip BC...died Saturday, aged 76.

Hart, who also collaborated with Brant Parker on the medieval comic strip The Wizard of Id, died of a stroke, his wife said.

BC, a sparely drawn cartoon featuring prehistoric men, women and animals, has been syndicated since 1958.

It is distributed to more than 1,300 newspapers worldwide, according to Creators Syndicate, and has an audience of more than 100 million.

Mr. Hart certainly left a legacy. From the age of ten on, I looked forward to my daily dose of B.C. most every day. (Here is a profile of Hart from The Presbyterian Layman.


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