Ask The Archivist: Calling Dr. Kildare

Hello Readers, Two things happened fifty years ago this month: the Cuban Missile Crisis and the start of a continuity strip based on “DR. KILDARE,” a then-current dramatic series on television starring Richard Chamberlain. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) produced a series of films based on the Max Brand-created character. MGM owned the [...] Keep Reading

Week in Review: October 19, 2012

Categories: Comics, Announcements

The land of DailyINK still has an eye on the upcoming elections, and more so than ever! EDISON LEE spent this week daydreaming about what it would be like to be Vice President under Grandpa Orville—and it looks like Grandpa has his work cut out for him! Over in EDGE CITY, the battle of the [...] Keep Reading

Ask the Archivist: Dick’s Adventures in Dreamland

Here is an obscure strip that once had a place in the Hearst newspaper chain’s PUCK comic section. The strip I’m talking about is “DICK’S ADVENTURES IN DREAMLAND,”  which was written by veteran author of children’s stories Max Trell.  Mr. Trell did a column for many years called “GOOD NIGHT STORIES.” The art was drawn by [...] Keep Reading

Week In Review, October 12, 2012

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Well, Autumn is certainly in full swing. HAGAR THE HORRIBLE was the first among us to notice: And Mooch from MUTTS has decided he’s going to migrate south along with his bird friends. We’re not too sure how that’s going to turn out: Of course, Monday was Columbus Day. BLONDIE and TODD THE DINOSAUR paid [...] Keep Reading

Week in Review, October 5, 2012

Categories: Comics, Announcements

Happy October! Did everyone watch the Presidential debate on Wednesday? You can bet our editorial cartoonists did! Here are a few gems: Glenn Foden Mike Smith Kirk Walters Even Dagwood apparently stayed awake long enough to watch the debates over in BLONDIE: But it looks like Tina of TINA’S GROOVE and Mr. The Toad of [...] Keep Reading

Week In Review: September 28, 2012

Categories: Comics, Announcements

How’s your week been, folks? Everyone around here has been talking about this whole NFL “replacement refs” kerfluffle, so I thought we’d look at some of our great editorial cartoonists’ takes on the issue. They really scored a, ahem, touchdown, here: Brian Duffy Jeff Koterba Mike Smith The elections remain a hot topic! And now [...] Keep Reading

Week in Review: September 21, 2012

Categories: Comics, Announcements

Hi, all! Sorry for the lack of an update last week—allergy season is hitting me hard! This week, we have two DailyINK comics that are focusing on important scientific causes. BLEEKER THE RECHARGEABLE DOG is teaming up with the National Academy of Engineering as Skip and Lila work on an important school project on Engineering. [...] Keep Reading

Ask the Archivist: The Duckwater Tour

Hi Readers, This year marks the 35th anniversary since an old, over-and-done-with comic strip character returned to the comics pages—and he hasn’t left yet. The character to whom I refer is Sam, once of the short-lived, but fondly recalled Mort Walker/Jerry Dumas series, “SAM’S STRIP,” which ran from 1961-63. Sam got his second chance, when he was joined by cohort, Silo, in SAM [...] Keep Reading

This Week in Comics: What To Read

Categories: Comics, Announcements

This week, two new comic storylines launch today that are worthy of mentions: SHERMAN’S LAGOON, which features a three-day cameo by Sylvia Earle, National Geographic’s Explorer-In-Residence and renowned oceanographer; and BLEEKER: THE RECHARGEABLE DOG, which kicks off an engineering education series with The National Academy of Engineering ( Last week, cartoonist Jim Toomey introduced a two-week [...] Keep Reading

Ask The Archivist: True North

In keeping with the flavor of this week’s DailyINK theme,  I discuss probably the greatest Canadian-themed strip ever, KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED, the exciting snow-bound saga of Sergeant Dave King, stalwart member of one of the world’s most famous and elite organizations, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The series was created by Stephen Slesinger, [...] Keep Reading

Week in Review: September 7, 2012

Categories: Comics, Announcements

Today’s been an eventful week for everyone. THE PAJAMA DIARIES has a new website, which you can see here at You can read THE PAJAMA DIARIES every day, and check out Terri Libenson’s blog. There are also some great samples of Terri’s favorite strips for you to enjoy. I hope you all had a [...] Keep Reading

Ask the Archivist: A BEETLE By Any Other Name

It’s anniversary time for Mort Walker (born September 3, 1923) and his creation, BEETLE BAILEY (started September 4, 1950). So I’m going to show off a few examples of Beetle as an international comic book star. Ever since the 1950’s, BEETLE BAILEY has been embraced by many nations outside the United States, because like most good strips, the series [...] Keep Reading

Ask the Archivist: A Century of George McManus

Hello Readers, This blog marks the end of our first year, and by chance, a special treat for all you Edwardians. This week marks the centennial of one of King Features’ greatest talents, George McManus, joining the company. Mr. McManus would go on to create the top-selling strip in the world for many years, BRINGING UP FATHER, in 1913. [...] Keep Reading

Happy Fifth Birthday, ARCTIC CIRCLE!

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ARCTIC CIRCLE is five years old today! In celebration, we’ve launched a brand new site at where you can read ARCTIC CIRCLE and Alex Hallatt’s blog every day. Go check it out now! Congratulations, Alex, on five great years! For more information, you can read our full press release on Keep Reading

Week in Review: August 24, 2012

Categories: Comics, Announcements

Hi, all!  How’s your week been? CURTIS’ week has been pretty eventful—the Wilkins’ family inadvertently entered the political sphere this week with a visit from President Obama  AND Mitt Romney!  There are fireworks flying, but Curtis seems more disappointed that the President’s daughters aren’t on the scene. If you’re looking for a good place to [...] Keep Reading

Ask the Archivist: A Look at AGATHA CRUMM

Hello Gang, How about a comic strip about a power-mad head of an international mega-corporation who regularly creates dubious products that gyp the public, lies to stockholders, bullies underpaid employees and constantly expresses an unabashed love of greed? I refer to the 1977-1996 King Features-syndicated strip, AGATHA CRUMM. AGATHA CRUMM was the creation of Bill Hoest (1926-1988), [...] Keep Reading

More Fun for Comics Fans!

Categories: Comics, Announcements

Ahoy, DailyINKers!  Hope you had a great weekend.  We’re excited to tell you all about some of our King Features comics’ new websites! First off, BEETLE BAILEY is now available EVERY DAY on the Official BEETLE BAILEY website.  If you’re a fan of Beetle, you can also see a selection of great old strips from [...] Keep Reading

Week In Review: August 17, 2012

Categories: Comics, Announcements

As I said last week, I’m moving on from Supporting Cast to do something else on Fridays.  From now on, I’ll be talking about comics on DailyINK each week that you won’t want to miss!   First off, if you didn’t see our news earlier this week, SHERMAN’S LAGOON is visiting Shark Week on the [...] Keep Reading

Ask the Archivist: SHERMAN’S LAGOON Shark Week Special

Dear Readers, It is Shark Week, so we salute the one and only shark-infested comic strip,  SHERMAN’S LAGOON. This strip celebrated 21 years in syndication this past spring. It first appeared in 1991 in the Escondido Times-Advocate and was self-syndicated by Jim Toomey under the name of “Pacific Press Features.” Later that same year, SHERMAN’S [...] Keep Reading

“Sherman’s Lagoon” Launches Shark Week Series and “Think Like A Shark” Contest

Categories: Comics, Announcements

It’s time for everyone’s favorite week of television: Shark Week on the Discovery Channel!  In celebration of the 25th great year of Shark Week, SHERMAN’S LAGOON will be paying homage to this annual must-see TV event this week.  Please follow the weeklong series (bring popcorn and maybe some chum), and make sure to share the [...] Keep Reading

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