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Which comic features appear in 500+ papers?
With Tundra now in over 500 papers, I wondered how exclusive that milestone was. I estimate there are about 230 features in syndication (excluding Sunday only illustration/puzzle type features or those aimed at a foreign language). I asked each of the syndicates which of their features are running in more than 500 papers. Of the 230 features only 33 (or 13.6%) are in the 500+ club. Fifteen of those run in 1000+ papers (6%).
The average age of these syndicated comics is 37.3 years old. The oldest is Blondie at 82 years. The youngest (if counting when it went into syndication) is Tundra at 6 years. One could argue that Tundra existed as a regional strip since 1991, in which case Pearls Before Swine would take honors as the youngest strip in the 500+ club at 12 years.
There are only two feature with a credited woman producing the strip – Lynn Johnston (For Better of For Worse) and Susie MacNelly (Shoe). I believe others, like B.C., have women (Perri Hart, Patti Pomeroy) who work on the strip, but aren’t credited.
Half of the features (16) could be considered “legacy” features wherein the original creator is no longer producing it. Two are re-runs.
Here’s the breakdown by syndicate:
King Features: 13
Tribune Media: Undisclosed
And finally here is the list of those running in over 500 papers. Features with an * indicate that they run in over 1000 papers.
- Andy Capp (Creators)
- B.C. (Creators) *
- Baby Blues (King Features) *
- Beetle Bailey (King Features) *
- Blondie (King Features) *
- Born Loser (Universal)
- Dennis the Menace (King Features) *
- Dilbert (Universal) *
- Doonesbury (Universal) *
- Family Circus (King Features) *
- For Better or For Worse (Universal) *
- Frank & Ernest (Universal)
- Garfield (Universal) *
- Get Fuzzy (Universal)
- Hagar the Horrible (King Features) *
- Hi and Lois (King Features) *
- Luann (Universal)
- Marmaduke (Universal)
- Mother Goose and Grimm (King Features)
- Mutts (King Features)
- Non Sequitur (Universal)
- One Big Happy (Creators)
- Peanuts (Universal) *
- Pearls Before Swine (Universal)
- Pickles (WPWG)
- Rose is Rose (Universal)
- Rubes (Creators)
- Sally Forth (King Features)
- Shoe (King Features)
- The Lockhorns (King Features)
- Tundra (Self-Syndicated)
- Wizard of Id (Creators) *
- Ziggy (Universal)
- Zits (King Features) *