From his very first appearance way back in February , Hagar the Horrible proved to be phenomenally popular among readers and newspaper comic strip editors alike, along the way becoming the fastest growing syndicated newspaper comic strip ever. Dik Browne based the look and characters on his family and friends and after his death his son, Chris Browne took over the strip. For many of us, newspaper comic strips have been our only immersion into the world of graphic novels and comics. Most of them still hold up really well today, and make for light and hilarious reading experiences for all generations.
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Following an advertising stint where he created the Chiquita Banana logo, he was asked to tackle art duties on the Beetle Bailey spinoff strip Hi and Lois. Browne brushed off the suggestion, preferring his own alliterative title. He changed his mind at the last minute, reviewing and accepting the strip before leaving. Just days later, while on his ski vacation, the editor had a heart attack and died. While trick-or-treaters were busy covering nearby houses in toilet paper or spray paint, they spared the Browne residence.
It first appeared in February , and was an immediate success. Animation-industry writer Terence J. The strip is set in the Middle Ages in an unnamed coastal village somewhere in Norway. Although anachronisms are not unknown, they are not deliberate mainstays of the strip, as in other period burlesque strips like The Wizard of Id.