I really do not know where or when I picked this one up. The strips are a hoot. All the animals can talk, and most of them walk upright, chatting with each other and their owners.
O’Hare stopped newspaper submissions in 2001, but started up on Go Comics in 2007.
Thank you Go Comics.
Again, I am not certain where I got the following.
It was published in 1983, and has absolutely no information on either Wright or Moran. There is a two page introduction by Rabi Ben Schnauzer, in which he is absolutely silent about the authors. On the back cover is a detailed blurb on Rabi Schnauzer. Well, I have heard of none of these people. Wikipedia has let me down, vis-à-vis Wright and Moran. A search uncovered the following information on Laurel Wright. (S)he is a co-author of the above book, and author in 1976 of “A study of young children’s drawings of people” which was published by the U. of Iowa. 270 pages. Bet it was a real page turner…
George Moran is even more elusive. However, I think he may be a “New York City street artist.” Lake Isle Press has some information on him, with a cover of one of his books on the web site. The drawings look similar. You decide. (Note, see comment of April 2013, below.)
I did some looking for further information, and as usual, Wikipedia to the rescue:
Now let us move on to the more typical dog cartoons.
Every so often a paper will try to drop the strip, but there is usually an outcry, and that is the end of that. Wikipedia, as usual has more information.
Marmaduke is also on Go Comics.
I guess I do not quite understand the staying power of the strip, maybe it speaks to the inner Great Dane in all of us.
We now leave the syrupy plot line of Marmaduke, and take a look at a dog with attitude, Belveder.
A bit of a mystery here, as this book, the first collection, lists Nat Greenwood, as the cartoonist.
A search for ‘Nat Greenwood’ returns a reference to Belevedere, but the author is listed as George Webster Crenshaw.
A search for George Webster Crenshaw, leads us to an impressive bio and the mention that he created, among other strips, Belvedere.
The above book was published 1965. I thought for a while Crenshaw might have used a pseudonym bacause of a blacklist. However, in 1965, most of the HUAC crowd had lost credibility, and in fact in at least one case, had lost a law suit. So, if Crenshaw was Greenwood, we know not why.
In any case, the strip ran from 1962 to 1995.
Somewhere, I probably have another Belvedere book. When or if it turns up, it should be interesting to see who is credited with writing it.
While searching for another Belvedere book, I came across Ted Martin’s Pavlov. But that is for another time.
I think that is enough of dogs for a while.