‘Marmaduke’ cartoonist Brad Anderson dies at 91

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‘Marmaduke’ cartoonist Brad Anderson dies at 91.

(CNN) — Brad Anderson, who created the long-running comic strip “Marmaduke,” about a mischievous, overly curious Great Dane and his loving family, has died, according to his syndicate, Universal Uclick. “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,’ ” the society said. Born Bradley Jay Anderson in Jamestown in 1924, Anderson graduated from Brocton High School and spent most of his young life in the Brocton and Portland areas.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. Anderson was born in Jamestown, New York, and was a cartoonist by the time he was a teenager, having sold a cartoon to Flying Aces magazine when he was 15. According to a 2010 story in American Profile, the “$3 paycheck was enough to buy a hamburger, a milkshake, and a ticket to the movies.” Anderson served in the Navy during World War II and attended Syracuse University on the G.I.

An article on the site called it “one of the most well-known and enduring comic strips ever, and one on which he would continue to work until his passing.” The strip about the lovable Great Dane’s antics and the challenges he posed to his owner and his family appeared in more than 500 newspapers in 10 countries. After a short stint with a public relations firm, he became a full-time freelance cartoonist and started “Marmaduke” in 1954. “Marmaduke” ran in about 500 newspapers, according to the cartoonists society. 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. Portland Town Supervisor Daniel Schrantz said Anderson was always loyal to the area and that a fundraising event is planned to erect a bronze statue of Anderson and a likeness of Marmaduke. “He had a lot of history here,” said Schrantz, who added that local residents could find references to the area in Anderson’s drawings. 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).

In the car, he wants to take over and drive.” “Marmaduke has and still is bringing so much laughter, giggles and happiness to me,” sunethra wrote from Colombo, noting that “each morning I remember I would run to grab the newspapers and the first thing that I would search was for Marmaduke. (O)n days that it was not printed I would be very disappointed.” The panel strip remained popular enough into the 21st century that it was turned into a movie in 2010. Anderson’s childhood friends and even the famous Green Arches that span the main thoroughfare were also part of the sketches in some of his cartoons.

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