‘Marmaduke’ cartoonist dies: Brad Anderson Marmaduke
Published: September 9, 2015
‘Marmaduke’ cartoonist dies: Brad Anderson Marmaduke, Brad Anderson, cartoonist and creator of “Marmaduke,” the beloved comic strip about a mischievous but lovable Great Dane and his long-suffering family, died on Aug. 30 in a hospital in The Woodlands, Texas. He was 91.
His son, Paul Anderson, told The Washington Post that his father had congestive heart failure.
“Sad to announce the passing of “Marmaduke” creator Brad Anderson http://t.co/s0i1ej3heO pic.twitter.com/kzAa6h0Y7e
– NCS (@NatCartoonSoc) September 5, 2015
The National Cartoonists Society paid tribute to Anderson on its website this week. The “world of cartooning” has “lost one of its true luminaries,” it said.
Anderson received the society’s Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
“Marmaduke” was created by Anderson in 1954. It chronicled the adventures — and, more often, misadventures — of the titular character, a gigantic and ungainly pooch. Anderson told American Profile in a 2010 interview that Marmaduke had been inspired by a large, “clownish” boxer who had belonged to his mother.
“Marmaduke is very expressive and very active, and he’s always doing something funny or ridiculous or crazy,” Anderson said. “He’s always jumping over the couch, chasing after a cat. In the car, he wants to take over and drive.”
At its peak, “Marmaduke” appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the U.S., Germany, England and several other countries, The New York Times reports.
Over the years, the popular comic strip was also adapted for books, animated cartoons and a 2010 film, which was directed by Tom Dey and starred Owen Wilson as the voice of the Great Dane.
Anderson had reportedly continued to draw the strip with the help of his son, Paul, up until his death. The cartoonist said in 2010: “Every day, I go to work still enjoying the challenge of creating expression and body language. It’s never a burden, never a job. It’s just fun.”
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