Hägar the Horrible Turns Forty

Hägar the Horrible was created in 1973 by legendary cartoonist Dik Browne (1917-1989).

Dik Browne self caricature.

Dik Browne self-caricature.

Previous to Hägar, Browne had been the artist on the comic strip Hi and Lois, which started 1n 1954 and was written by cartoonist Mort Walker.

From www.coollinesartwork.com.

From www.coollinesartwork.com.


To celebrate Hägar’s fortieth year, I thought I’d post a couple of originals from my collection.

The first is by Dik Browne. I believe the inks were done by his assistant at the time, Dick Hodgins.

December 18, 1982

December 18, 1982

The second is from the cartoonist that mans the helm of the strip now, Dik Brown’s son, Chris Browne.

September 21, 1991

September 21, 1991

Chris’ inscription is in reference to the fact that I’m the colorist of the strip, and have been since about 1989. More on that here.

Coloring by Jim Keefe.

Coloring by Jim Keefe.


For much more on the Hägar the Horrible comic strip, check out Ask the Archivist on the Daily Ink blog.

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About Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at ComicsKingdom.com. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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One Response to Hägar the Horrible Turns Forty

  1. Jason Whiton says:

    i hadn’t realized you were the colorist for Hagar. the piece posted here is sooo beautiful! i grew up with the Brownes and later did the Conversations book with Mort. you and i connected around Flash about ten years ago, so nice to se the Hagar connection 🙂 -Jason

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