‘Marmaduke’ cartoonist Brad Anderson dies at 91

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Brad Anderson, ‘Marmaduke’ Cartoonist, Dies at 91.

In a statement on its website, the NCS said, “The NCS and the world of cartooning lost one of its true luminaries last week with the passing of Brad Anderson, creator of the comic Marmaduke.” Anderson became a cartoonist as a teenager, selling his first comic at age 15 to Flying Aces Magazine, and continued cartooning while he served in the Navy in World War II. After a brief career at an ad agency, Anderson left to focus on freelance cartooning and eventually created Marmaduke, the lovable curious Great Dane, in 1954.

In fact, attempts to cancel the cartoon have drawn protest from readers of The Toronto Star, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times, among others. “People who’ve had a pet in their lives, or wish they had, will identify with the antics of this loving dog,” said Anderson. “He doesn’t lecture or get political. He’s good-natured and kind, lives a dog’s life, gets into mischief and takes care of his family, generating smiles along the way.” An animated version of “Marmaduke” was paired with the popular “Heathcliff” cartoon during the 1980s, and a feature film of the Great Dane (voiced by Owen Wilson) was released in 2010. Anderson has won numerous awards for his cartooning over the years, and was most recently awarded the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Cartoonists Society in 2013.

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