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Hagar The Horrible

By Chris Browne

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About Hagar The Horrible

Hägar the Horrible broke all records when it was launched on Feb. 4, 1973, becoming the fastest growing comic strip ever.

The strip was created by Hi and Lois artist Dik Browne in his basement art studio/laundry room in Connecticut. The strip’s title was the family nickname for Dik Browne, and the characters were loosely based on Dik’s family and friends.

The little red-bearded Viking has appeared in advertisements for IBM, Mug Root Beer, Skol Ale and in the opening titles for the TV show “Caroline in the City,” which starred actress Lea Thompson as a successful female cartoonist. Hagar has appeared on his own CBS special and is featured in Universal’s Islands of Adventure: Toon Lagoon theme park.

The strip now appears in about 1,900 newspapers around the world. It appears in 56 countries and is translated into 12 languages and is now drawn by Dik’s son, Chris Browne.

Meet the Creators

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    Chris Browne

    Chris Browne was born in South Orange, N.J., in 1952 and grew up in suburban Wilton, Conn. The son of award-winning cartoonist Dik Browne, he assisted his father on the comic strips Hi and Lois and Hagar the Horrible. He contributed gag writing to Hagar the Horrible from its inception in 1972. With his father, […]

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    Dik Browne

    Richard Arthur Browne was an American cartoonist best remembered as the creator of the newspaper gag comic Hägar the Horrible about a Viking chief, his crew, and his family. Browne is also known as the original illustrator of Hi and Lois, a family gag strip scripted by Mort Walker. Both became some of the world’s longest-running, […]

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    Robert Chance Browne

    Chance Browne, also known as Bob, attended The School of Visual Arts and Park College and distinguished himself as an illustrator, art director and musician before eventually going to work for his father. After Dik launched Hagar the Horrible in 1973, Chance stepped in to help with Hi and Lois and has been the primary […]

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