When longtime friends Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott first discussed doing a comic strip about parenthood, Rick, at least, knew what he was talking about. He and his wife had their first daughter in 1984, and in 1987, their second daughter was born. Jerry, who had no children, thought what Rick was going through as a parent was very funny. So he decided to write about what he saw at the Kirkmans' home. Temper tantrums. Dirty diapers. Teething pains. When Rick added his superb artwork, Baby Blues was born.
The strip has enchanted new parents, grandparents and kids alike since it first appeared on the comics pages in 1990. As the years passed, the list of newspapers carrying the feature has grown almost as fast as the MacPhersons' kids! Baby Blues now appears in more than 1,200 newspapers worldwide, and the adventures of America's favorite first-time parents have also been chronicled in 30 anthologies and 4 treasuries. In 1995, the National Cartoonists Society recognized Baby Blues as "Best Comic Strip of the Year."
By the way, these days, Jerry isn't laughing so hard about Rick's parental trials and tribulations. He became a first-time father himself in 1994. No wonder his writing has only gotten better.
Who said labor ended when the baby was born? Darryl and Wanda work day and night piloting through the perplexities of parenting their three small children.
A mid-30s career couple, Wanda and Darryl MacPherson joined the ranks of first-time mommies and daddies in 1990.
Somehow they survived the mind-boggling changes wrought in their lives by their rambunctious firstborn, Zoe....
and their second....Hamish (the family calls him "Hammie") became the newest addition to the MacPherson clan in 1996.
...and now their third...Just when the MacPhersons thought it was safe to stuff the crib in the attic, the MacPhersons discover that Wanda is pregnant again. With the birth of their third child, a baby daughter named Wren, Darryl and Wanda MacPherson officially became outnumbered by their expanding brood. Hopefully, the third time around is charmed.