'B.C.' Cartoonist Johnny Hart Dies At 76
Wife Says Cartoonist Suffered Stroke
POSTED: 5:34 pm CDT April 8, 2007
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- The cartoonist behind the award-winning "B.C." comic strip has died.
Johnny Hart was 76.
His wife said he suffered a stroke at his New York home Saturday. She said, "He died at his storyboard."
The award-winning "B.C." comic strip, featuring prehistoric cavemen and dinosaurs, launched in 1958 and eventually appeared in more than 1,300 newspapers worldwide. He was also co-creator of the "Wizard of Id" comic strip.
Later in his career, some of Hart's cartoons had religious themes, a reflection of his own Christian faith. That sometimes led to controversy.
A strip published on Easter Sunday in 2001 drew protests from Jewish groups and led several newspapers to drop the strip. The cartoon depicted a menorah transforming into a cross. Critics said it implied that Christianity supersedes Judaism.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
RIP. Having struggled as a comic artist and with a love for the form, it's always sad when one of the elders passes on.
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