For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of comic strips. For those young ones out there, a comic strip is a few drawn panels telling a story which appears in the newspaper. The first daily comic strip began in 1907, but the color comics (Sunday funnies) actually began back in 1894.
If you are here looking for my typical Thursday post on writing or publishing, I will go back to my regular schedule in May. Until then, enjoy the A to Z Challenge…
H is for Hagar the Horrible which began in 1973. The strip was created by Dik Browne, who also along with Mort Walker created the comic strip Hi and Lois in 1954 as a spin-off from Walker’s Beetle Bailey comic strip. Dik Browne worked on both strips until his retirement in 1988 when the Hagar the Horrible strip was taken over by his son Chris. (Per Chris, Hagar is pronounced Hay-gar.)
The strip, which appears in 1,900 newspapers in 56 counties, is set in the middle ages. Hagar is an overweight, scruffy Viking. Much of the strip centers around Hagar and longship crew and his first mate, Lucky Eddie, or his family – his nagging wife Helga, his son Hamlet, and his daughter Honi.
A is for Archie
B is for Blondie
C is for Calvin and Hobbes
D is for Dilbert
E is for Ella Cinders
F is for Family Circus
G is for Garfield