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Jeff Millar, co-creator of Tank McNamara, passes at age 70
Jeff Millar, retired Houston Chronicle film critic, humor columnist and co-creator of comic strip Tank McNamara, passed away last Friday after a four year battle with biliary cancer. He was 70 years old.
He met up with a local illustrator, Bill Hinds, in 1974 and the two launched Tank McNamara – a satirical comic strip that poked fun of American sports and sports fans. The strip runs in about 300 papers nationwide.
Bill tells me that losing Jeff is more than just a friend – their collaboration spanned 38 years. “I miss him like a brother. His bewilderment was comforting in a crazy world.” Bill noted that even during Jeff’s later years suffering through cancer treatment, he was still able to write a funny comic strip.
Bill took over the writing duties a couple of months ago. “That hasn’t been hard for me – I’ve had 38 years of on the job training,” he says.