Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or Prince Valiant, is an American comic strip created by Hal Foster in 1937. It is an epic adventure that has told a continuous story during its entire history, the full stretch of that story now totals more than 4000 Sunday strips; the strip appears weekly in more than 300 American newspapers, according to its distributor, King Features Syndicate. HRH Edward, the Duke of Windsor, called Prince Valiant the "greatest contribution to English literature in the past hundred years". Regarded by comics historians as one of the most impressive visual creations syndicated, the strip is noted for its realistically rendered panoramas and the intelligent, sometimes humorous, narrative; the format does not employ word balloons. Instead, the story is narrated in captions positioned at the bottom or sides of panels. Events depicted are taken from various time periods, from the late Roman Empire to the High Middle Ages, with a few brief scenes from modern times. While drawing the Tarzan comic strip, Foster wanted to do his own original newspaper feature, he began work on a strip he called Derek, Son of Thane changing the title to Prince Arn.
King Features manager Joseph Connelly renamed it Prince Valiant. In 1936, after extensive research, Foster pitched his concept to William Randolph Hearst, who had long wanted to distribute a strip by Foster. Hearst was so impressed. Prince Valiant began in full-color tabloid sections on Saturday February 13, 1937; the first full page was strip # 16. The internal dating changed from Saturday to Sunday with strip #66; the full-page strip continued until 1971, when strip #1788 was not offered in full-page format—it was the last strip Foster drew. The strip continues today by other artists in a half-page format; the setting is Arthurian. Valiant is a Nordic prince from Thule, located near present day Trondheim on the Norwegian coast. Early in the story Valiant arrives at Camelot where he becomes friends with Sir Gawain and Sir Tristram. Earning the respect of King Arthur and Merlin, he becomes a Knight of the Round Table. On a Mediterranean island he meets the love of his life, Queen of the Misty Isles, whom he marries.
He fights the Huns with his powerful Singing Sword, Flamberge, a magical blade created by the same enchanter who forged Arthur's Excalibur. Val travels to Africa and America and helps his father regain his lost throne of Thule, usurped by the tyrant Sligon; when the strip starts in 1937, Val is five years old. The first episodes follow the youth through the wild Fens district of Britain with his father, the deposed King Aguar of Thule; when Val encounters the witch Horrit she predicts he will have a life of adventure, noting that he will soon experience grief. Arriving home, Val discovers. Not long after this come encounters with Gawain, with gigantic creatures and with the glory of Camelot. Steve Donoghue comments: At first, in the earliest months of Prince Valiant, Foster’s Arthurian England might be confused with the Cimmeria of Conan the Barbarian: monsters abound; as a boy, Val fights a ‘dragon’ that looks a lot like a plesiosaur, he fires his arrows at a rampaging swamp-turtle the size of a Zamboni.
But only a few installments this has sublimated somewhat into history: when Val saves his new friend Sir Gawain from a robber knight and Gawain decides to take the villain to Camelot for summary judgement from King Arthur, the whole party is at one point attacked by another enormous beast—only this time it’s a salt water crocodile!... When they all at length succeed in killing the beast, Val is outraged that Gawain still seeks to have the man tried before King Arthur; the young prince speaks up in his outrage before the great king, his queen Guinevere and his feared wizard Merlin—and so a career at Camelot is born. Val becomes Gawain’s squire and immediately accompanies him on a quest, during which Gawain is captured and Val must use his wits—smiling and laughing the whole time—to free his mentor. On the trip, Gawain is wounded, the large panel where Val gets him back to Camelot is Foster’s first genuine visual show-stopper in the strip. Val acquires the Singing Sword in strips from 1938; the original owner of the Singing Sword is Prince Arn of Valiant's rival for the maid Ilene.
The two men put aside their differences. Arn hands Valiant the charmed sword to help him hold back their pursuers while he himself rides ahead to free Ilene; the pair continue in their efforts to rescue Ilene discovering that she has been killed in a shipwreck. Arn gives the Singing Sword to Valiant after the two part as friends. In the series it is mentioned that the Singing Sword is a sister to King Arthur's Excalibur. In the strips from 1939 Val is knighted by King Arthur, the following year, he helps to restore his father as King of Thule. Moving across Britain and the Holy Land, Val fights invading Goths and Saxons. In 1946, shortly after Val marries Aleta, she is kidnapped by the Viking raider Ulfran. Val's pursuit takes him past the Shetland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Saint Lawrence River, arriving at Niagara Falls 1,000 years before Columbus. Defeating Ulfran, Val is reunited with Aleta, the couple spend that winter with friendly Native Americans. In the strip dated August 31, 1947, Prince Arn, their first son, is born in America, Val celebrates by getting drunk.
The infant Arn is named after Prince Arn of Ord. Va
Bizarro (comic strip)
Bizarro is a single-panel cartoon written and drawn by cartoonist Dan Piraro. Launched January 22, 1985, the panel appears daily in 350 markets throughout North and South America and Asia. Syndicated by Chronicle Features, it moved to the Universal Press Syndicate in 1995 and King Features Syndicate in 2003. On January 1, 2018, Piraro's friend and colleague Wayne Howath took over creative duties on the daily strip, with Piraro continuing to do the Sunday strip. Wayno had been collaborating on writing the strip since 2009 and had drawn the strip for a few previous stretches. Bizarro gives an eccentric, exaggerated and, as the name implies, bizarre look at everyday life. Piraro has described it as "about the surreal things that happen to all of us in our so-called'normal' lives." The situations are surreal, yet plausible. Some cartoons involve celebrities, such as Sheryl Crow and Penn Jillette, while others make reference to themselves or characters from comics or animation, such as Superman and Gumby.
Comics critic Tom Heintjes described Bizarro's themes, cryptic aspects and expansion into performance art: Piraro has taken his panel in directions surreal and topical. In a comic universe where world-weary talking dogs exist alongside nihilistic housewives, Piraro gives his cartoons heft by skewering his own bêtes noires: wasteful consumerism, environmental destruction, corporate greed and sheeplike people, to name a few. Though his humor is never didactic, Piraro's work is remarkable in its unwillingness to pander when the occasional panel borders on the inscrutable; the 54-year-old Kansas City, native has begun participating in the nascent vaudeville revival with his one-man Bizarro Bologna Show, an entertainment potpourri into which he incorporates puppetry, ventriloquism, mind reading and drawing. Creatively restive, Piraro produces fine art, some of which uses the Catholic imagery that he was exposed to at parochial school. Most Bizarro cartoons since 1995 include one or more of these devices hidden somewhere in the cartoon: an eyeball, a piece of pie, a rabbit, an alien in a spaceship, the abbreviation "K2", a crown, a stick of dynamite, a shoe, an arrow, a fish tail an upside down bird Olive Oyl, or the abbreviation "O2" As of 2008, Piraro indicates how many symbols are hidden in each strip with a number above his signature.
The strip and its creator have been recognized with several awards, including the National Cartoonists Society's Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award. Nominated for the NCS Reuben Award each year from 2002 to 2010, it won in 2010. In 2005, Piraro was seen in the 75th anniversary in Blondie. In 2002, Piraro became a vegan; the effects of that lifestyle change are visible in his work, as Piraro incorporates vegan and animal cruelty themes into his cartoons. He garnered kudos from the "cruelty-free" activist community for being a visible supporter of its cause, while others, including fans of his older work, see his new output as overtly preachy, viewing his cartoons as conveying more message than humor. In 2007, Piraro designed a limited-edition T-shirt for endangeredwear.com to raise money for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit organization committed to working to end the systematic abuse of animals used for food. The Strange World of Mr. Mum Virgil Partch Zippy Bizarro official site King Features: Bizarro' Bizarro at Don Markstein's Toonopedia.
Archived from the original on August 27, 2015. Dan Piraro Interview
Mark Trail is a newspaper comic strip created by the American cartoonist Ed Dodd. Introduced April 15, 1946, the strip centers on ecological themes. In 2006, King Features syndicated the strip to nearly 175 newspapers; when Mark Trail began, it was syndicated through the New York Post in 1946 to 45 newspapers. Dodd, working as a national parks guide, had long been interested in environmental issues; the character is loosely based on the life and career of Charles N. Elliott, at the time a U. S. forest ranger who edited Outdoor Life magazine from 1956 to 1974. Dodd once said that the physical model for Trail was John Wayt, his former neighbor in north Atlanta. Mark Trail, the main character, is a photojournalist and outdoor magazine writer whose assignments lead him into danger and adventure, his assignments lead him to discover environmental misdeeds, most solved with a crushing right cross. Trail lives in the fictional Lost Forest National Forest with his St. Andy. "Mark reflects a reverence for God's creatures and the conservation of woods and wildlife".
His assignments in recent years have involved more sleuthing than wildlife photojournalism. Mark Trail – Wildlife photographer and writer for Woods and Wildlife Magazine. In his early 30s. Rusty – Introduced in 1981, Rusty Wilson is an orphan and the nephew of an abusive alcoholic named Joe. Rusty bonds with Sassy, one of a litter of Dalmatian puppies, against his animal-hating uncle's wishes; when Joe abandoned Sassy in the woods, Rusty went looking for her and became lost as well, until he was discovered by Mark and Cherry. Mark's intervention saved Rusty's life, he was taken in as one of their own. Rusty was adopted into the Trail family in 1993, when Mark and Cherry married. Andy – Mark's faithful Saint Bernard. Cherry Davis – Longtime girlfriend of Mark until they married in 1993, living with Mark and her father at Lost Forest, she is a supporting character, but she has sometimes had her own wildlife adventures. Tom "Doc" Davis – A veterinarian, Cherry's elderly father. Johnny Malotte – A French-Canadian outdoorsman friend of Mark's since the 1950s, living with his family in the Quetico area of western Ontario, reintroduced into the strip.
Kelly Welly – Pretty wildlife photographer whose flirtations with Mark, competitiveness with him, land both of them in trouble. Bill Ellis – Mark and Kelly's editor at Woods and Wildlife Magazine, appearing intermittently when sending Mark on another assignment. Ranger Rick Rogers – Wildlife ranger, one of Mark's ubiquitous friends and contacts around the country who tend to appear in single adventures In the mid-1940s, Ed Dodd was employed in advertising. Dodd and Jack Elrod met. In 1946, after Dodd sold Mark Trail to a syndicate, the strip was launched on April 15 in the New York Post. In 1950, Dodd hired Elrod to work as the strip's background letterer. During the late 1940s, the cartoonist Jack Davis worked one summer inking Mark Trail, which he parodied in Mad as "Mark Trade." In addition to Davis and Elrod, Dodd hired Tom Hill, Barbara Chen and secretary Rhett Carmichael. The strip's popularity grew through the mid-1960s, with Mark Trail appearing in nearly 500 newspapers through the North America Syndicate.
Artist and naturalist Tom Hill, who joined Dodd on Mark Trail in 1946, drew the Sunday strip, devoted to natural history and wildlife education, until 1978. Hill drew most of the daily strip art too after 1950. Tom Hill's son, Jack Hill, recalled life at Dodd's studio in the Lost Forest outside Atlanta: The art studio where Tom Hill, Jack Elrod and Barbara Chen worked was on the second floor, where they had a great view of the Forest. There was a homesteader, groundskeeper Hubert Hamrick and his family, who lived at Lost Forest and maintained the ranch and animals. Besides native wildlife which abounded on the Forest, there was riding stables, guinea fowl, caged pigeons, a 10-acre fishing lake and of course, the great Saint Bernard who appeared as Mark’s companion in the comic strip. I would visit Andy every time I went to go fishing at the Lost Forest lake. Andy never had the freedom of his fictional counterpart and was kept in a running pen bounded by chain links. Ed’s other dog, was found at his master’s feet as Ed smoked his afternoon pipe.
Famous people would visit Lost Forest, such as Marlin Perkins, big game hunters and newspaper/magazine journalists. Ed Dodd was a personal friend of Daniel Beard, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts in 1910 and a fellow naturalist and illustrator, they both attended the Art Students League in New York City. Dodd retired in 1978. Elrod continued the strip, adding new characters and taking over the Sunday edition. Based on the complaint of a reader in 1983, Elrod had Mark Trail abandon the trademark pipe, part of him from the beginning under pipe-smoking Dodd. In 2010, after years of tutoring, Jack Elrod brought on the assistance of artist James Allen. Allen began assisting on the weekly Sunday page, continuing the themes of wildlife education and natural history and alerting readers to endangered speci
Kevin and Kell
Kevin and Kell is a furry comedy webcomic strip by syndicated cartoonist Bill Holbrook. The strip began on September 3, 1995, it is one of the oldest continuously running webcomics. As of April 25, 2015, the website has a banner at the top stating "The World's Longest Running Daily Webcomic Since 1995"; the strip centers on the mixed marriage between Kevin and a grey wolf, Kell Dewclaw. In their society, their major difference is their diet: Kevin is a herbivore and Kell is a carnivore, their family includes three children: a hedgehog adopted from Kevin's first marriage. The comic's plot revolves around species-related humor and interpersonal conflict. Kevin and Kell receives over three million page views per month and is published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Holbrook has won honors from the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards and the Ursa Major Awards for the strip. Kevin and Kell takes place in a town known as Domain, populated by animals; the comic describes the world they live in as created by an organization of birds referred to by fans of the strip as the "Great Bird Conspiracy".
Birds were the next species. After humans left the planet, the birds traveled back in time to create a world without humans, gave intelligence to fauna. However, their plan failed to remove the predator-prey relationship and as a result, the world created is similar to that of twenty-first century Earth, but with a greater likelihood of a violent death; the society in Kevin and Kell rather than identifying people by race or social class has class distinctions based on diet such as "carnivores", "herbivores", "insectivores". There is a "Wild" where civilized animals can leave civilization and act like normal animals, walking on all fours and not wearing clothing. Predation is central to strips and jokes are made about it being commonplace. Humans exist in an alternate Domain, are referred to as creatures with no natural defenses. Most believe; this was developed further in 2003 by the introduction of the character Danielle, a human who enters the animal world via the Bermuda Triangle and transforms into a rabbit.
However, she has a son, born human. The series features jokes on a variety of topics. Many draw satirical parallels between its world and ours, making fun and sometimes social commentary on politics, society, class-snobbery, technology, pop culture and corporate culture, for example; the strip's main characters are the Dewclaws, a blended family as a result of an interspecies marriage. The comic's primary characters are Kevin Dewclaw, a rabbit, his wife Kell Dewclaw, a wolf, they met in a web forum for carnivores, where Kevin was "lurking". They began to fall in love, but it was not until they met each other in person that Kell discovered Kevin was a rabbit; the relationship they developed online leads them to continue dating and marry, despite knowing that they would be outcasts from the rest of society. Kevin worked as a system operator on a herbivore web forum, although he became the co-owner of his own internet service provider, Hare-Link. Kell worked for a company that hunts down prey, her job is to hunt down other animals.
She hunted down her own prey – any prey not eaten by her is sold in grocery stores as "processed meat" – but she became an executive and CEO of the company, taking over from her old boss R. L. a ruthless wolf whose face is never seen apart from his drooling mouth. Kell was be pushed out of her executive position in a bloodless coup by R. L. and started running her own start-up company "Dewclaw's Fine Meat Products" that doesn't hunt rabbits. The couple has three children; the eldest is Lindesfarne Dewclaw, an English hedgehog daughter Kevin adopted during his first marriage. The second eldest child is Kell's son from her first marriage to a fox. Rudy, a talented artist, once challenged Kevin for the position of alpha male, unable to accept a rabbit as head of the household and as his stepfather, he has come to terms with the marriage. The youngest child is a carnivorous rabbit and their only child by birth. Although only five years old, she is a capable hunter, though Kevin's mother, keeps trying to make her into an herbivore, as well having an artistic streak like her half-brother.
Other regular characters include Fenton Fuscus, a bat who went to high school and university with Lindesfarne, to whom he is now married and have a hedgehog-bat hybrid daughter, Turvy. He now is married to George's former wife Martha. Another is Daisy, a daisy plant made intelligent by the GBC, it lives with the Dewclaws as a pet, having the same intelligence as a cat in our world. Kevin and Kell was one of the first comic strips to be syndicated online, although older webcomics exist. For example, Argon Zark! was created on June 1995, three months before Kevin and Kell. However, Holbrook was the first syndicated cartoonist to in
Popeye the Sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar. The character first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929, Popeye became the strip's title in years. Popeye has appeared in theatrical and television animated cartoons. Segar's Thimble Theatre strip was in its 10th year when Popeye made his debut, but the one-eyed sailor became the main focus of the strip, Thimble Theatre became one of King Features' most popular properties during the 1930s. After Segar's death in 1938, Thimble Theatre was continued by several writers and artists, most notably Segar's assistant Bud Sagendorf; the strip continues to appear in first-run installments in its Sunday edition and drawn by Hy Eisman. The daily strips are reprints of old Sagendorf stories. In 1933, Max Fleischer adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures; these cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930s, Fleischer — and Paramount's own Famous Studios — continued production through 1957.
These cartoon shorts are now owned by Turner Entertainment and distributed by its sister company Warner Bros. Over the years, Popeye has appeared in comic books, television cartoons and video games, hundreds of advertisements, peripheral products ranging from spinach to candy cigarettes, the 1980 live-action film directed by Robert Altman and starring Robin Williams as Popeye. Charles M. Schulz said, "I think Popeye was a perfect comic strip, consistent in drawing and humor". In 2002, TV Guide ranked Popeye number 20 on its "50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time" list. Popeye's story and characterization vary depending on the medium. Popeye got "luck" from rubbing the head of the Whiffle Hen. Swee'Pea is Popeye's ward in the comic strips, but he is depicted as belonging to Olive Oyl in cartoons. There is no absolute sense of continuity in the stories, although certain plot and presentation elements remain constant, including purposeful contradictions in Popeye's capabilities. Popeye seems bereft of manners and uneducated, yet he comes up with solutions to problems that seem insurmountable to the police or the scientific community.
He has displayed Sherlock Holmes-like investigative prowess, scientific ingenuity, successful diplomatic arguments. His pipe proves to be versatile. Among other things, it has served as a cutting torch, jet engine, periscope, musical instrument, a whistle with which he produces his trademark toot, he eats spinach through his pipe, sometimes sucking in the can along with the contents. Since the 1970s, Popeye is depicted using his pipe to smoke tobacco. Popeye's exploits are enhanced by a few recurring plot elements. One is the love triangle among Popeye and Bluto, Bluto's endless machinations to claim Olive at Popeye's expense. Another is his near-saintly perseverance in overcoming any obstacle to please Olive, who renounces Popeye for Bluto. Thimble Theatre was cartoonist Segar's third published strip when it first appeared in the New York Journal on December 19, 1919; the paper's owner William Randolph Hearst owned King Features Syndicate, which syndicated the strip. Thimble Theatre was intended as a replacement for Midget Movies by Ed Wheelan.
It did not attract a large audience at first, at the end of its first decade appeared in only half a dozen newspapers. In its early years, the strip featured characters acting out various stories and scenarios in theatrical style, it could be classified as a gag-a-day comic in those days. Thimble Theatre's first main characters were her boyfriend Harold Hamgravy. After the strip moved away from its initial focus, it settled into a comedy-adventure style featuring Olive and Olive's enterprising brother Castor Oyl. Olive's parents Cole and Nana Oyl made frequent appearances. Popeye first appeared in the strip on January 1929 as a minor character, he was hired by Castor Oyl and Ham to crew a ship for a voyage to Dice Island, the location of a casino owned by the crooked gambler Fadewell. Castor intended to break the bank at the casino using the unbeatable good luck conferred by stroking the hairs on the head of Bernice the Whiffle Hen. Weeks on the trip back, Popeye was shot many times by Jack Snork, a stooge of Fadewell's, but survived by rubbing Bernice's head.
After the adventure, Popeye left the strip but, due to reader reaction, he was brought back. The Popeye character became so popular that he was given a larger role, the strip was taken up by many more newspapers as a result. Initial strips presented Olive as being less than impressed with Popeye, but she left Hamgravy to become Popeye's girlfriend and Hamgravy left the strip as a regular. Over the years, she has displayed a fickle attitude towards the sailor. Castor Oyl continued to come up with get-rich-quick schemes and enlisted Popeye in his misadventures, he settled down as a detective and on bought a ranch out West. Castor has appeared in recent years. In 1933, Popeye received a foundling baby in the mail, whom he named Swee'Pea. Other regular characters in the strip were J. Wellington Wimpy, a hamburger-loving moocher who would "gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today".
Blondie (comic strip)
Blondie is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Chic Young. The comic strip is distributed by King Features Syndicate, has been published in newspapers since September 8, 1930; the success of the strip, which features the eponymous blonde and her sandwich-loving husband, led to the long-running Blondie film series and the popular Blondie radio program. Chic Young drew Blondie until his death in 1973, when creative control passed to his son Dean Young, who continues to write the strip. Young has collaborated with a number of artists on Blondie, including Jim Raymond, Mike Gersher, Stan Drake, Denis Lebrun, John Marshall. Despite these changes, Blondie has remained popular, appearing in more than 2,000 newspapers in 47 countries and translated into 35 languages. From 2006 to 2013, Blondie had been available via email through King Features' DailyINK service. Designed to follow in the footsteps of Young's earlier "pretty girl" creations Beautiful Bab and Dumb Dora, Blondie focused on the adventures of Blondie Boopadoop—a carefree flapper girl who spent her days in dance halls along with her boyfriend Dagwood Bumstead, heir to a railroad fortune.
The name "Boopadoop" derives from the scat singing lyric, popularized by Helen Kane's 1928 song "I Wanna Be Loved by You." On February 17, 1933, after much fanfare and build-up, Blondie and Dagwood were married. After a month-and-a-half-long hunger strike by Dagwood to get his parents' blessing, as they disapproved of his marrying beneath his class, they disinherited him. Left only with a check to pay for their honeymoon, the Bumsteads were forced to become a middle-class suburban family; the marriage was a significant media event, given the comic strip's popularity. The catalog for the University of Florida's 2005 exhibition, "75 Years of Blondie, 1930–2005," notes: Blondie's marriage marked the beginning of a change in her personality. From that point forward, she assumed her position as the sensible head of the Bumstead household, and Dagwood, cast in the role of straight man to Blondie's comic antics, took over as the comic strip's clown. "Dagwood Bumstead and family, including Daisy and the pups, live in the suburbs of Joplin, Missouri," according to the August 1946 issue of The Joplin Globe, citing Chic Young.
Blondie Bumstead: The eponymous leading lady of the comic strip. Blondie is a smart and responsible woman, she can be stressed at times due to her young family and Dagwood's antics, despite being laid-back and patient, Blondie does get upset sometimes. She is extremely beautiful, with gold hair, gentle curls, a shapely figure. A friend once told Dagwood that Blondie looked like a'million bucks'. In 1991, she began a catering business with Tootsie. Dagwood Bumstead: Blondie's husband. A kind and loving yet clumsy, naïve and lazy man whose cartoonish antics are the basis for the strip, he has a large, insatiable appetite for food. Dagwood is fond of making and eating the mile-high Dagwood sandwich, he celebrates the most insignificant holidays, approaches Thanksgiving with the same reverence most people reserve for Christmas. His continuous antagonistic and comical confrontations with his boss Mr. Dithers, for numerous reasons including Dagwood's laziness and silly mistakes, is a subplot that gets considerable attention in the strip.
His klutziness is a fundamental part of his encounters with Mr. Beasley the mailman. Another subplot deals with his neighbor Herb. Dagwood can often be seen napping on his own couch. Alexander Bumstead: the elder child of Blondie and Dagwood, in his late teens referred to by his pet name "Baby Dumpling." As a child, he was mischievous and precocious. As a teenager, he is athletic and intelligent. Despite resembling his father, he is more down-to-earth like his mother, his full name, revealed in the November 7, 1934 strip, is Alexander Hamilton Bumstead. Cookie Bumstead: the younger child of Blondie and Dagwood, in her early teens. Cookie is portrayed as a sweet, bubbly teenage girl whose interests include dating, hanging out with friends, clothes, her appearance has changed the most compared to the other characters. As a child she had long curly hair with a black bow holding a long curl on the top of her head; as a young teen she wore her hair in a ponytail with curly bangs. As an older teen she wore her hair long with a black headband.
She dropped the hair band and wore her hair with bangs and flipped to the sides. Her current hairstyle flipped at sides. Daisy: The Bumsteads' family dog whose best friend is Dagwood and who changes her expression in response to Dagwood's comments or other activities, she gave birth to puppies in the years of the comic. Mr. Beasley the Postman: The Bumsteads' mailman with whom Dagwood seems to always collide with and knock down as Dagwood hurriedly leaves the house. Mr. Julius Caesar Dithers: Founder of the J. C. Dithers Dagwood's boss, he believes the best thing in life is money. Although it does not seem like it at the workplace, Mr. Dithers is a good-hearted man. Mrs. Cora Dithers: Mr. Dithers' wife, she gets into fights with him as she exerts control over her husband. She is great friends with Blondie. Herb Woodley: Dagwood's best friend and next-door neighbor. Herb, can be selfish and mean at times when he doesn't return the expensive power tools and favors that he borrows fr
William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst Sr. was an American businessman, newspaper publisher, politician known for developing the nation's largest newspaper chain and media company, Hearst Communications. His flamboyant methods of yellow journalism influenced the nation's popular media by emphasizing sensationalism and human interest stories. Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887 with Mitchell Trubitt after being given control of The San Francisco Examiner by his wealthy father. Moving to New York City, Hearst acquired the New York Journal and fought a bitter circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. Hearst sold papers by printing giant headlines over lurid stories featuring crime, corruption and innuendo. Acquiring more newspapers, Hearst created a chain that numbered nearly 30 papers in major American cities at its peak, he expanded to magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world. Hearst controlled the editorial positions and coverage of political news in all his papers and magazines, thereby published his personal views.
He sensationalized Spanish atrocities in Cuba while calling for war in 1898 against Spain. He was twice elected as a Democrat to the U. S. House of Representatives, he ran unsuccessfully for President of the United States in 1904, Mayor of New York City in 1905 and 1909, for Governor of New York in 1906. During his political career, he espoused views associated with the left wing of the Progressive Movement, claiming to speak on behalf of the working class. After 1918 and the end of the Great War, Hearst began adopting more conservative views, started promoting an isolationist foreign policy to avoid any more entanglement in what he regarded as corrupt European affairs, he was at once a militant nationalist, a fierce anti-communist after the Russian Revolution, suspicious of the League of Nations and of the British, French and Russians. He was a leading supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932–34, but broke with FDR and became his most prominent enemy on the right. Hearst's empire reached a peak circulation of 20 million readers a day in the mid-1930s.
He was a bad manager of finances and so in debt during the Great Depression that most of his assets had to be liquidated in the late 1930s. Hearst managed to keep his magazines, his life story was the main inspiration for Charles Foster Kane, the lead character in Orson Welles's film Citizen Kane. His Hearst Castle, constructed on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean near San Simeon, has been preserved as a State Historical Monument and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. William R. Hearst was born in San Francisco to George Hearst, a millionaire mining engineer, owner of gold and other mines through his corporation, his much younger wife Phoebe Apperson Hearst, from a small town in Missouri; the elder Hearst entered politics, served as a US Senator, first appointed for a brief period in 1886 elected that year. He served from 1887 to his death in 1891, his paternal great-grandfather was John Hearst of Ulster Protestant origin. John Hearst, with his wife and six children, migrated to America from Ballybay, County Monaghan, Ireland, as part of the Cahans Exodus in 1766, settled in South Carolina.
Their immigration to South Carolina was spurred in part by the colonial government's policy that encouraged the immigration of Irish Protestants, many of Scots origin. The names "John Hearse" and "John Hearse Jr." appear on the council records of October 26, 1766, being credited with meriting 400 and 100 acres of land on the Long Canes, based upon 100 acres to heads of household and 50 acres for each dependent of a Protestant immigrant. The "Hearse" spelling of the family name never was used afterward by the family members themselves, or any family of any size. A separate theory purports that one branch of a "Hurst" family of Virginia moved to South Carolina at about the same time and changed the spelling of its surname of over a century to that of the immigrant Hearsts. Hearst's mother, née Phoebe Elizabeth Apperson, was of Scots-Irish ancestry, she was appointed as the first woman regent of University of California, donated funds to establish libraries at several universities, funded many anthropological expeditions, founded the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
Hearst attended prep school at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, he enrolled in the Harvard College class of 1885. While there he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, the A. D. Club, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, of the Lampoon before being expelled, his antics had ranged from sponsoring massive beer parties in Harvard Square to sending pudding pots used as chamber pots to his professors. Searching for an occupation, in 1887 Hearst took over management of his father's newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner, which his father had acquired in 1880 as repayment for a gambling debt. Giving his paper a grand motto, "Monarch of the Dailies," William R. Hearst acquired the best equipment and the most talented writers of the time, including Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Jack London, political cartoonist Homer Davenport. A self-proclaimed populist, Hearst reported accounts of municipal and financial corruption attacking companies in which his own family held an interest. Within a few years, his paper dominated the San Francisco market.
Early in his career at the San Francisco Examiner, Hearst envisioned running a large newspaper chain, "always knew that his dream of a nation-spanning, multi-paper