‘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.Brad Anderson, the man behind the Great Dane cartoon Marmaduke, is being mourned by the National Cartoonist Society as a “true giant of cartooning.” Anderson, who won the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the society in 2013, died “unexpectedly” on Aug. 31, the group announced. 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 attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1951 with a major in advertising.” “Marmaduke” dates to 1954, and was called “one of the most well-known and enduring comic strips ever, and one on which he would continue to work until his passing.” In 2010, the same year Marmaduke was adapted into a feature film, Syracuse University unveiled “The Original Art of the Funny Papers,” an exhibition of classic syndicated cartoons featuring work by Anderson and fellow Syracuse alumni Greg Walker (Beetle Bailey) and Robb Armstrong (Jump Start).

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