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Marvin celebrates 30 years in syndication
Tom Armstrong’s Marvin has turned 30 years old.
From King Features:
MARVIN first appeared in newspaper comics pages on August 1, 1982. Since that day, the comic strip has revolved around the life and times of a precocious baby boy named Marvin, his father and mother Jeff and Jenny Miller, and their dog Bitsy. Other characters have been introduced through the years, including Megan, Marvin’s super-smart cousin; Janet, who is Megan’s mother and Jenny’s divorced sister; Ming Ming, Janet’s adopted daughter from China; and Bea and Roy, Marvin’s doting grandparents.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary, Tom has written a story-line that starts this Sunday that will have Marvin meeting his 30 year-old adult self. The series runs through August 12.
Regarding the new story-line Tom says, “people who started reading ‘Marvin’ when they were little often write to say that they are still following his adventures, but now relate to him because they have baby ‘Marvins’ of their own. I wanted to explore that dynamic further, and saw the strip’s 30th anniversary as a unique and timely way to do that.”