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The Born Loser Celebrates 45 Years
The Born Loser will turn 45 next Saturday. The strip was first created by Art Sansom and has continued with his son, Chip. Here’s the full press release:
On May 15, the most lovable loser in the comics is celebrating 45 years of being ridiculed, scorned, and mocked … which has provided endless amusement for millions of fans. The Born Loser is one of the most popular comic strips in the world, enjoyed by readers of more than 1,300 newspapers around the globe and on the Web at www.comics.com. It appears daily in more than 35 countries and is translated into nine languages.
Sansom began preparing to become The Born Loser at the age of 14 when his father, the late Art Sansom, first created the strip.That was 1965. After years of observing and assisting his father, Chip assumed the role he was destined for – cartoonist for The Born Loser.
“I am very happy that The Born Loser is still as appealing to readers, new and old, as it was when it first appeared 45 years ago,” Sansom said. “It is a tribute to the great characters my dad created and his universal and timeless premise that Brutus Thornapple is an everyman, taking the fall for the rest of us in the trials and tribulations we face everyday.”
Brutus Thornapple is constantly ridiculed by his strong-willed wife Gladys, mocked by his antagonistic mother-in-law Ramona Gargle, scorned by his Scrooge-like boss Rancid Veeblefester, taunted by his dim-witted son Wilberforce and jeered by his neighbor’s mischievous child Hurricane Hattie O’Hara.
The Born Loser continues to be a family affair. Chip’s wife, Brooke, assists him in much the same way as when he started working for his father. Daughters Jacqueline and Isabel are a constant source of material for the strip. Appropriately, Chip now works in his father’s old studio in the Sansom family home in Lakewood, Ohio.
The Born Loser is a six-time National Cartoonists Society award nominee. It was named Best Humor Strip by the NCS in 1991 and 1987. The Born Loser’s Guide to Life, a compilation book, was published by Topper Books (1990).
Correction: As pointed out in the comments below, the 15th of this month is on a Saturday and not a Friday as I originally wrote. The date above has been corrected.